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Table 5 Theoretical propositions to explain the benefits of equine-assisted interventions in the six filtered studies

From: Equine-assisted interventions for veterans with service-related health conditions: a systematic mapping review

Items Lanning (2013) Nevins (2013) Duncan (2014) Aldridge (2016) Ferruolo (2016) Lanning (2017)
Type of EAA or EAT THR NOS EAL THR
 EAA
 EAT HPOT EFMH
Horse-human interaction/bond
 Socialization with others/group reflection
 Physical features of the equine environment
 Horse as a mirror or metaphor
 Being in the moment/mindfulness
 Safe and nonjudgmental environment
 Experience of control/autonomy
 Opportunity to practice communication
 Movement of the horse
 Fosters motivation
 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
 Calming effect of the horse
 Motivational interviewing
 Nontraditional therapy setting
  1. THR Therapeutic horseback riding, NOS Not otherwise specified, EAL Equine-assisted learning, HPOT Hippotherapy, EFMH Equine facilitated mental health; . Present; −. Not present