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How Equine-Assisted Therapy Can Help Alzheimer’s Disease


Connected Horse is ideal for people with dementia because it doesn’t require traditional verbal communication. Connected Horse, Photo Courtesy

Tom Mannigel didn’t know much about horses until his wife, Diane, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A nearby PATH-certified facility offers an equine assisted therapy program.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), he now knows first-hand that horses can be valuable collaborators when it comes to meeting stress and depression head on, as well as improving the pair’s relationship.

“I’m not really a horse person,” says Mannigel. “I grew up in rural California where everyone had horses, but every time I’d get on ‘em, it was basically a disaster. However, after we took part in the program, things started to get better in our relationship.”

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The Mannigels participated in the Children and horses PATH program in Minden, Nev.

Instructors and other professionals at PATH-certified centers use equine assisted therapies for individuals with special needs. Some PATH-certified centers have recently diversified their programming to include Veterans can benefit from equine assisted therapies Other people…

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