The Unique Characteristics of the Horses for Humans Learning Purposes in Equine Assisted Learning Practice

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Abstract

This article aims to encourage scientific discussion about one of the aspects of equine-assisted learning practice, the unique characteristics of the horse owing to how it is used in intervention programmes for human learning purposes. Equine-assisted learning is an innovative learning approach where human learning and development takes place through guided interactions between humans and horses. Although scientific interest towards human-horse interactions is becoming increasingly popular, evidence-based research has examined the relationship between humans and horses, and how such bonds may contribute to human learning and development is limited and lacks empirical support. This report provides a review of theoretical and empirical literature regarding the unique characteristics of the horse to find answers to the following - why are horses involved in intervention programmes for human learning purposes. As the result of the research, five main characteristics of the horse were put forward for critical discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Smart Education and Urban Society
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.2. Scientific article included in INT1 or INT2 category journal of ERIH database

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