List of Research for Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Autism

2013 Research

The Association Between Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Social Communication and Sensory Reactions of Children with Autism

  • An interrupted treatment study
  • Included 21 children with autism
  • Focused on the impact of therapeutic horseback riding on social communication, sensory processing skills, and autism symptoms

2011 Research

Prospective Trial of Equine-Assisted Activities in Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • A prospective study
  • Included 44 children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Focused on the effect of therapeutic horseback riding treatment based on changes in Childhood Autism Rating Scale scores and changes in the Timberlawn Parent-Child Interaction Scale scores
  • Also focused on the effect of equine therapy on sensory processing, quality of life, and parental treatment satisfaction

2010 Research

The Effectiveness of Simulated Developmental Horse-Riding Program in Children with Autism

  • Included 60 children with autism
  • Study consisted of two 20-week phases
  • Focused on efficacy of a simulated developmental horse-riding program on motor proficiency and sensory integrative functions

2009 Research

The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Social Functioning in Children with Autism

  • Included 34 children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Consisted of 12 weeks of horseback riding intervention
  • Focused on the effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning
  • Also focused on the effect of therapeutic horseback riding on sensory seeking, sensory sensitivity, social motivation, inattention, distractibility, and sedentary behaviors

 

Additional Resources:

List of Research for Therapeutic Horseback Riding as an Autism Treatment

 

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