Equine Therapy: Substance Abusers' "Healing Through Horses"
This article presents an interview about equine therapy and its use with substance abusers. Patricia Cody, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, answers questions about the definition of equine therapy, the research that has been done on its utility, and the populations for which it has been most effective. She explains how to assess a client's readiness and abilities necessary for therapeutic work with horses, and how to proceed when substance abuse clients present to clinicians who do equine therapy. Cody also describes equine intervention techniques and offers suggestions for social workers working with addicted client. Mary Lynn Szymandera, Counselor at the Arbor and Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas, describes her work with addicts and equine therapy. She includes some anecdotes to illustrate her experiences, successes, and challenges, especially when working with clients that are experiencing substance abuse.