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INTRODUCING
THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO EQUINE-ASSISTED SERVICES

A trusted reference for the equine-assisted services (EAS) industry.

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The 2nd Edition of  "The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Services"

is coming in early 2024. 

Our 1st Edition "The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies"

is available in e-book on Amazon now!

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ABOUT THIS
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATION

 This comprehensive textbook is a must-have reference for educators, students, administrators, and professionals involved in the

equine-assisted services (EAS) industry.

For the educators, the text offers an outline for curriculum;

for the undergraduate, it provides complete, easy-to-follow information; for the administrator, it offers an understanding of the breadth and depth of the EAS industry; and for the EAS professional, it is simply an essential resource. This comprehensive, relevant, and timely text addresses the profession of EAS in an educational, enjoyable manner. 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

We’re proud to present The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Services,

a peer-reviewed publication for the equine-assisted services (EAS) industry.

Take a look at the key highlights below to learn more about its contents and benefits.

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The Comprehensive Guide
to Equine-Assisted Services

"The Comprehensive Guide to EAS

is an essential resource for undergraduate students pursuing a career in the equine-assisted services field. The outstanding photographs, well-organized text, and case studies provide real-world examples vital

to understanding the nuances

of the EAS industry."

Erika Berg, PhD, CTRI, ATRI, EMHL

A Peer-Reviewed Textbook

This valuable resource for
Equine-Assisted Services (EAS) 
was made possible with the help of many professionals in the EAS industry.

Our goal for the EAS industry to have a textbook would have been difficult to reach if it wasn't for those who encouraged us and supported our efforts. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our colleagues who served as

peer-reviewers and editors who respectively lent their time and expertise to each chapter.

God speed, Heather, Heidi, and Margo

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A Look Inside
The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Services

Table of Contents

Teaching Techniques

Teaching Strategies

Mounts and Dismounts

Volunteers

Breeds, Types, and Classes of Horses

Equine Health

Equine Nutrition

Equine Conformation and Soundness

Equine Behavior and Special Senses

The Equine Professional

Section, Training, and Maintenance of the Horse in EAS

Grooming, Tack, and Equipment

The EAS Facility
 

History
Business Principles
Ethics
EAS Programs
Human Anatomy
Physical Disabilities
Cognitive and Learning Disabilities
Language and Speech Disorders
Sensory Disorders
Mental Health Diagnosis and Behavior

Professional Certification and Responsibilities

Program Participant

Lesson Plan
 

A few pictures in "The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Services" textbook. 

Welcome
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AUTHORS

Heather Hernandez-Sedillo, M.Ed, CTRI, ATRI, ESMHL

Heather is the co-founder and executive director of the PATH Intl accredited center, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship in Richmond, Texas. Heather is a PATH Intl Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  She serves as aPATH Intl. Evaluator for Instructor Certification, Center Accreditation Site visitor, and mentor. She is also EAGALA trained. Heather received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Baylor University and Master's in Education in Community Counseling from Texas Tech University. She is a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and acted as the Equine-Assisted Services (EAS) Education Coordinator for an EAS curriculum development initiative for the American Quarter Horse Foundation. Heather served as a faculty member at Texas Tech University where she developed and taught courses relating to EAS in addition to being the co-director of the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center. Heather lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband RD and her daughter.

Dr. Heidi Brady, DIPL, A.C.A.P., CTRI

Dr. Heidi Brady is a Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University, where she has taught Equine Science for 28 years. Dr. Brady received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is a Diplomat in Animal Physiology in the American College of Animal Physiologists (A.C.A.P.). She founded the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center (TTRC) in 1998, now a PATH Intl. Premier Center. She is a PATH Intl. CTRI Therapeutic Riding Instructor and has served on several PATH Intl. Committees. Her research field is in the area of hippotherapy and developmental delay in young children. She has presented peer-reviewed work in the field of EAS at the national and international level. In addition to this book, she is the co-author of the book  “Horses in the American West- Portrayals by Twenty-Four Artists” (HA Brady and S White).  She lives in Idalou, Texas and enjoys riding and spending family time with her husband, Wade, and their family.

Margo Dewkett

In 1988 Margo founded Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, located in Diana, Texas.

For twenty-eight years she was the non-profit's executive director and head instructor.  The knowledge she shares in

The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Services is based on the experience she gained in the field of equine-assisted services (EAS) and forty-five years as a professional equine trainer. A PATH Intl Master certified therapeutic riding instructor and driving instructor - level II, Margo was also a PATH Intl instructor evaluator. Throughout the years she was a mentor to several founders of PATH Intl centers and instructors-in-training. 

A frequent presenter at PATH Intl annual and regional conferences, Margo's business strategies and equine-training techniques were featured at different times in PATH Intl STRIDES Magazine. Margo has received numerous recognitions crediting her accomplishments. The 2013 EQUUS Humanitarian Award honored Margo's years of dedication and commitment to the EAS industry. Margo is retired enjoying time spent with family and friends and her love for horses, nature, watercolor painting, and knitting. She and her partner, Mark, enjoy traveling the Rocky Mountains hiking and snowshoeing, studying our natural world, and taking wildlife photography. 

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