Equine Assisted Interventions in Mental Health (p. 1-15)
1. Of the 3 prominent models of equine assisted intervention dominating the
equine therapy field today, which one requires that all session activity
must be performed with the client remaining on the ground and never mounting
a. CBEIP -- The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals
b. PATH International -- Professional Association of Therapeutic
c. EAGALA -- The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
d. All of the above.
2. Which is NOT a characteristic of EAC (Equine Assisted Counseling)?
a. It focuses more on insight than action.
b. It emphasizes the here-and-now where the client’s current perspectives
are explored (Gestalt Therapy).
c. Love and belonging needs are facilitated through the client’s
relationship with the horse (Reality Therapy).
d. It moves the client from feelings of inferiority toward feelings of
significance, such as the power the client experiences in getting a 1,200
pound horse, that could easily overpower him, to respond to him. (Alderian
Chapter 2: Looking at Equine Assisted Counseling from the Horse‘s
Perspective (p. 17-26)
3. Which is NOT true?
a. The best way for a counselor, who is inexperienced with horses, to
first connect with a horse is to approach the horse slowly and a little from
the side, then leaning forward with an outstretched hand for the horse to
b. People can learn from horses how to treat people better by learning to
invite the horse’s participation rather than ordering it around.
c. Counselors learn to do the opposite of whatever makes a horse feel unsafe
or fearful, such as going slow and using repetition until relaxation becomes
d. A horse that is relaxed, friendly, and confident will point its ears out
to the side or back.
4. Which is NOT true?
a. A horse that is relaxed and friendly and confident will have its head
level with its body, eyes blinking, a quiet tail, will stand quietly with
one hind leg cocked, and have regular, rhythmic breathing.
b. A good equine session will avoid using restraint and confinement on the
horse, and will not use force, fear, or intimidation.
c. You have to proceed slowly with horses because they are slow learners.
d. Horses tend to reflect the emotional state of the person they are with.
Horses also change when the person changes, offering valuable information to
the person about their own behavior.
Chapter 3: Techniques that Address Trauma (p. 27-72)
Reclaiming Boundaries Through Equine Assisted Counseling (p. 27-40)
5. The “My Space” activity occurs when a client builds her own space with
cones and props in the area. A bucket of grain represents the most precious
thing in her life. A horse represents the biggest threat to what is most
precious to her. The goal of this activity is for the client to protect her
space and what is precious to her for 10 minutes by staying inside her space
and not allowing the horse to eat from the bucket of grain.
The purpose of the My Space activity is to teach the client all the
following EXCEPT how to
a. avoid confrontation at all costs.
b. reclaim and reestablish her boundaries.
c. distinguish the differences between passive, assertive, and aggressive
d. Say “No” to others without apology, but rather with strength and dignity.
Animal Assisted Group Interventions for the Treatment of Trauma (p.
6. As comfort is established between survivors of trauma and their
therapists, the authors expect their clients to share more about themselves
and their trauma stories. As they do so, it is important for therapists to
help their clients
a. mourn their losses.
b. write down their stories.
c. ask for help.
d. understand the ways they have survived and thrived.
The Magic Room (p. 49-52)
7. The Magic Room is a place where an abused child or adolescent
a. can talk with other abused children or adolescents.
b. can talk with a therapist.
c. can be alone with a horse.
d. can be alone.
Safe Touch Using Horses to Teach Sexually Abused Clients to Value Their
Bodies and Themselves (p. 53-58)
8. Chronically abused children and young people often present with
inappropriate and sexualized behavior toward their peers. This results in
social problems and peer rejection, especially among teenage girls who allow
themselves to be sexually touched and then are very quickly rejected. Equine
assisted counseling helps with this problem by having the client ______ so
the client can then experience non-sexual, close contact with others.
a. ride the horse along with the therapist
b. ride the horse alone
c. watch the therapist brush the horse with just the right amount of
pressure and in non-sexual areas
d. brush a horse with just the right amount of pressure and in non-sexual
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma (p. 59-72)
9. A client's tone of voice, body posture, and eye contact impact
their success in catching a horse in pasture. Some nonverbal types of
communication can be seen as aggressive, such as stiff body posture,
staring, and loud tones, which will chase the horse away. Softened tones,
indirect eye contact, and fluid body movements will cause the horse to
approach. In treatment programs, those interactions are often referred to as
a. relaxation techniques.
b. reflective dialogue.
d. contingent collaborative communication.
Chapter 4: Techniques that Explore Anxiety and Depression (p. 73-117)
Healing through Horses: Equine Assisted Counseling -- No Place to Hide (p.
10. Susan, being treated for PTSD, became aware that she was holding
her breath when
a. she first approached the horse and was nervous.
b. she was asked to touch the horse.
c. she was asked to lead the horse around the pen.
d. her therapist pointed out to her that her horse perceived her holding her
breath when he stiffened his gait.
Therapeutic Trail Riding for Children and Adults with ADHD and Anxiety
Disorders (p. 81-87)
11. Creating a safe therapeutic environment includes matching the right
horse to the right person.
For example, an anxious individual would require a _____ horse.
An ADHD client would match well with a _____ horse.
a. spirited, gentle
b. gentle, spirited
c. gentle, gentle
d. spirited, spirited
Exposed Anxiety with Equine Assisted Counseling (p. 89-98)
12. How do horses help anxious clients?
a. A horse will mirror what the client is really thinking rather than
the image that the client conveys
b. A horse will mirror the image that the client conveys rather than what
the client is really thinking.
c. A horse will quickly approach an anxious client.
d. A horse provides a safety zone for an anxious client.
The Tellington Method: A Technique for Equine Assisted Counseling (p.
13. A TTouch that is especially helpful with shy or hesitant horses is
the _____, which uses the backside of the hand to touch and move the horse's
skin in the one-and-a-quarter circle pattern.
a. Abalone TTouch
b. Clouded Leopard TTouch
c. Leopard TTouch
d. Llama TTouch
Conflict Resolution: The Crosswalk (p. 109-117)
14. What lesson was learned at the end of the crosswalk after the horse
tore up the paper that said, "Where I Stand"?
a. The daughter said she needed to listen to her mother more.
b. The mother said she needed to listen to her daughter more.
c. The daughter said her mother needed to listen to her more.
d. The mother said they did not listen to each other. They both wanted the
other person to be quiet so they could attack the other.
Chapter 5: Techniques that Speak to Atypical Behaviors (p. 119-149)
Heart-to-Heart Rainbow: An Imagery Experience to Facilitate Relationship
Development (p. 119-127)
15. The Heart-to-Heart Rainbow is an imagery exercise that helps develop
relationship skills and repair the misinterpretation of nonverbal cues that
have evolved through trauma. For example, an insecurely attached adopted
child can learn to develop a relationship with a horse and then use these
skills with the adoptive parents. The child's ability to relax, to respect,
and to emotionally connect with the horse would be observable
a. in the horse's behavior of relaxed ears, front feet squared, body
still, and eyes soft.
b. only to the equine specialist ((ES).
c. only if the adoptive parents were present at the session.
d. only after several sessions with a horse.
You Gotta Crack a Few Eggs (p. 129-132)
16. This Equine Assisted Counseling technique of getting a horse to the
other end of the arena with a hard-boiled egg on it is designed to teach
addicts that relapse is caused by
a. associating with the wrong crowd.
b. the addict's reaction to environment, things, and people.
c. skipping 12-Step meetings.
d. not trying hard enough.
Treatment of Autism and Attachment with Interpersonal Equine Therapy (p.
17. The purpose of autistic clients learning their own meditative and
self-hypnotic scripts is to
a. help them decide which horse to work with.
b. aid them in learning how horses join up with other horses and what
relationship contracts they have with each other.
c. help them manage anxiety, fear, and frustration and thereby learn to
self-regulate their nervous systems.
d. assist them in lead rope negotiations with their horses.
Chapter 6: Techniques that Focus on Social Skills and Communication (p.
Out of the Starting Gate: A Practical First Approach to Equine Assisted
Activities (p. 151-163)
18. The chief role of facilitators is to
a. elicit observations about client behavior.
b. elicit observations about horse behavior.
c. elicit interpretations about client behavior.
d. elicit interpretations about horse behavior.
Equine Assisted Counseling with Deaf Families (p. 165-179)
19. A cultural advantage of using Equine Assisted Counseling for Deaf
families is that ____.
This helped Deaf clients increase their awareness of body language in the
horse as well as in family members.
a. interpreters tend to be quite knowledgeable about horses.
b. deaf clients tend to be less blunt in communicating with family members.
c. horses rarely communicate with voice.
d. horses bond quicker with deaf clients than with clients having other
Social Skills and Communication Shaped by Equine Baseball (p. 181-192)
20. How do horses help clients improve their social skills and
a. Clients can observe how a horse is responding either positively or
negatively to his own behavior, adjust their behavior accordingly, and then
make these same adjustments toward their families and communities.
b. Horse are inherently likeable. Therefore, most clients are highly
motivated to make necessary changes in their social skills and
c. Even though horses have different personalities, most horses can be
motivated using the same methods. The client can then take these methods and
use them with family and community.
d. Playing baseball with horses teaches client-teams how to lead their
horses around the bases. While doing this, they talk to the other team
members about how to move the horse. Afterward, they discuss the
effectiveness of their verbal communication.
Life's Obstacle Course (p. 193-194)
Is Labeling People Really Harmless? Using Equines to Explore Labeling
Stigma (p. 195-199)
21. What do participants discuss after all the labels are put on the horse?
a. How we label people.
b. The importance of putting the labels where they belong.
c. How to be non-judgmental.
d. How to bond with others.
The Use of Mythological Themes to Elicit Socially Appropriate Behavioral
Skills (p. 201-218)
22. What made Donna and her mother, whose home was previously filled
with tension and where the mother, never smiled, love one another?
a. Donna was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and her mother felt
sorry for her.
b. When Donna and her mother bonded with one horse, they ended up bonding
with each other.
c. It was a requirement of the Journey EAC program to get along if they
wanted to participate.
d. Donna was the first one to forgive her mother. This softened her mother
Chapter 7: Techniques that Improve Self-Esteem and Self-Worth (p.
Improvement of Self-Efficacy through Participation in Great and Small, a
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program (p. 219-232)
23. After riding for only 6 months, the Great and Small program helped
Jenna, a woman in her 50s with multiple sclerosis(MS), to achieve all of the
a. better ankle flexibility.
b. better posture.
c. more core stability.
d. being able to mount her horse with no assistance.
Using Equine Assisted Counseling with Psychotherapists in a Group Setting
EASEL: Equine Assisted Social-Emotional Learning (p. 241-252)
24. In EASEL, the ultimate goal of making friends is to be able to
a. lead a horse without a halter or lead rope.
b. ride bareback.
c. play with the horse at liberty.
d. bond through grooming.
Grounded Strategies that Improve Self-Efficacy (p. 253-263)
25. To achieve a treatment outcome of admirability, the author uses
the strategy called ___.