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Talk:Equine-assisted therapy

Page protectionEdit

By the way, I see we are having a lot of trouble with anon IP and driveby new account edits, so I asked for page protection on this article. Montanabw(talk) 22:57, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Minor tweaks and expansion of lead.Edit

Finally got around to getting full text of the Nelson 2016 study, which other editors here have cited with approval. I was comfortable with the phrasing of their conclusions, "... if the practices of EAT and EAL are to move out of the “fringe” of mental health and learning professional practice and into the mainstream, their theoretical under­ pinnings, certification and licensure procedures, and methodology of practice must become more clearly defined." I am wondering if we can somehow incorporate that into the lead. I am concerned that the lead as written does not summarize the article, particularly the physical health sections (there are some physical health benefits that are well-established; it's the mental health stuff that's a bit fuzzier) and I would like to see it expanded. There is also some good history in that piece that I think could be incorporated (I also own the Hallberg book cited therein). I also like their comments on equine welfare and think the content in this article could be expanded based upon this piece. Finally, their statement that Australia has no national regulatory requirements or national certifying body is worth noting. Discuss. Montanabw(talk) 22:20, 31 July 2017 (UTC)


Recent news story on a study on ASD children. Parking here for later: Montanabw(talk) 20:20, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

There's nothing MEDRS (or even SCIRS) appropriate about that source or the primary study it's reporting on. Nothing really worth mentioning here on the talk page, especially in light of previous reviews being critical of the practice. Kingofaces43 (talk) 02:01, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
We haven't actually done much on autism spectrum stuff here at all due to the overall controversy on this page. The study referenced in the article is from a journal, (here: ) I don't have full text access yet, though. Just parking the link for access to the underlying study. Montanabw(talk) 00:16, 28 December 2017 (UTC)


The lead was two sentences, and didn't really reflect the actual article. Upon looking at the changes made since my cursory edit, the small expansio was useful. I added more, as the lead needed some expansion to more accurately summarize the article. I looked over what's sources and stable in the text and threw in a wee bit of the history plus took a stab at a summary on what little we have on physical health stuff. We actually only have meta-analysis sources in the article on the mental health side, there's very little coverage of the review of physical health, the Selby article noted in passing how little has been done and how recent it is. From a cursory look, hippotherapy does seem to have some study in literature on physical therapies of various sorts, though the stuff on benefits for random diseases does appear a bit too full of woo. The autism spectrum stuff and benefits for people with developmental disabilities probably needs expansion eventually, but I don't really see a pressing need to change or update the body text at this point, given that every source and sentence has to be added with consensus. But a two-sentence lead isn't in compliance with WP:LEAD and we should improve it. Montanabw(talk) 00:16, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Other language linksEdit

I tried to link this article to the French version ( however it says the article is already linked to "Hippotherapy". Which is confusing because there is no such article on EN Wikipedia, it's just a section within Equire-assisted therapy. I'm not a Wiki expert, if someone can help to fix this... --Nasht00 (talk) 09:34, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

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