A survey of occupational therapy practitioners' interest in therapeutic horseback riding as a treatment modality

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Pamela Shaffner

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Betsy Smith

Third Advisor's Name

Suzanne D'Agati

Date of Defense



Three hundred and twenty four occupational therapy practitioners responded to a survey regarding their knowledge of, and interest in therapeutic horseback riding (THR). This survey addressed the research question "Why are there so few occupational therapy practitioners involved in therapeutic horseback riding?" The most frequent response cited by OT practitioners was a lack of horse knowledge followed closely by a lack of time. In addition, 181 schools offering occupational therapy programs responded to a survey which addressed the research question "Do American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved occupational therapy programs include therapeutic horseback riding as a treatment option in their curriculum?" The most frequent manner in which THR was included in a curriculum was through informal discussion or student presentation.



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