James Earl Jones Hosts Upcoming "In America" Segment on Equine Therapy

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The utilization of horses in therapy is discussed in new segments...

The iconic persona of James Earl Jones continues as host to the insightful series "In America". An upcoming installment concerns the benefits of equine therapy. Skeptics have labeled the treatment as experimental and it is usually reserved as a somewhat last resort when patients respond poorly to other therapies, despite having origins in the ancient world.

Equine therapy traces its known roots as far back as the 600 B.C., and its therapeutic value has been documented all over the world. Currently, it claims that caring for and maintaining horses helps patients better understand themselves and others. It is much more than just people out riding horses; it also comprises grooming techniques and procedures, basic horse health care, saddlery, haltering, and usually begins with trust exercises such as leading the horse. Certified therapists agree that when properly implemented, equine therapy promotes confidence, self-acceptance, impulse control, empathy, social responsibility, and stress control in patients suffering from physical limitations, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, sex addiction, obsessions/compulsions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, dementia, dissociative disorders, and the like. (Sources: http://www.equine-psychotherapy.com, http://www.crchealth.com)

Join Mr. Jones on this exploration as professionals and participants demonstrate the value of such a place and others like it.

This series airs on participation public television networks, and is not affiliated with APT or PBS.

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