Sampling of references/studies demonstrating efficacy of therapeutic riding and Equine Assisted Learning
Anderson, S. & Meints, K (2016). Brief report: the effects of equine-assisted activities on the social functioning in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism & Development Disorders, 46, 3344-3352. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2869-3
Bass, M. M., Duchowny, C. A., & Liabre, M. M. (2009). The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism. Journal of Autism & Development Disorders, 39, 1261-1267. doi: 10.1007/s10803-009-0734-3
Beetz, A. & Bales, K. (2016), Affiliation in human-animal interaction. In L. S. Freund, S. McCune, L. Esposito, N. R. Gee, & P. McCardle (Eds), The social neuroscience of human-animal interaction, 107-125.
Calcaterra, V., Veggiotti, P., Palestrini, C., De Giorgis, V., Raschetti, R., ... (2015). Post-operative benefits of animal-assisted therapy in pediatric surgery: A randomized study.Plos One, 10(6), 1-17. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125813
Cherng, R., Liao, H. Leung, H., & Hwang, A. (2004). The effetiveness of therapeutic horseback riding in children with spastic cerebral palsy.Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 21, 103-121.
Funahashi, A., Gruebler, A., Aoki, T., Kadone, H., & Suzuki, K. (2014). Brief report: The smiles of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder during an animal-assisted activity may facilitate social positive behaviors - quantitative analysis with smile-detecting interface. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders, 44, 685-693. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1898-4
O'Haire, M. O. (2017). Research on animal-assisted intervention and Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2012-2015. Applied Developmental Science, 21(3), 200-216.
Poleshuck, L. R. (1997). Animal-assisted therapy for children and adolescents with disabilities. Work, 9(3), 285-293.
Rigby, B. R. & Grandjean, P.W. (2016). The efficacy of equine-assisted activities and therapies on improving physical function. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(1), 9-24. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0171.
Winchester, P., Kendall, K., Peters, H., Sears, N., & Winkley, T. (2002). The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on gross motor function and gait speed in children who are developmentally delayed. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 22(3/4), 37-51.