Date of Award

May 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Jasmine N. Townsend

Committee Member

Marieke Van Puymbroeck Chancellor

Committee Member

Chelsea D. Sinclair


Research in numerous disciplines describe the use of equine-assisted services (EAS) in treating the symptoms and improving the quality of life of individuals with emotional, mental, physical, and/or intellectual disabilities. However, the research on EAS in regard to recreational therapy practice and the function of the CTRS is limited. This study used a multi-method survey to examine the CTRSs’ specific role in the provision of EAS and the current state of equine services in recreational therapy practice. Results of this study may be used to help recreational therapists understand the current state within the field, their role in providing EAS, and to increase the research and literature regarding the provision of equine services in the field of recreational therapy.



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