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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding: An International Review
Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding: An international review
Jane CopelandFitzpatrickJean M.Tebay

A horse, a therapist, a horse expert, and a person with a movement problem present the potential for hippotherapy—a medical treatment for people of all ages with movement dysfunction. Hippotherapy, one aspect of the broader field of therapeutic riding, employs the rhythmic, dynamic movement of the horse to influence the client's posture, balance, and mobility without having the client attempt to control the horse. Results from a survey of the member nations of the Federation of Riding for the Disabled showed that the practice of hippotherapy has expanded worldwide. The primary professional practitioners of hippotherapy are physical therapists with advanced training; other health professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, ...

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