Donkey therapy and hippotherapy: Two faces of the same coin?

Simona Portaro, Giuseppa Maresca, Antonio Raffa, Gaetano Gemelli, Barbara Aliberti, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò

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Animal-assisted interventions are considered an innovative rehabilitation approach to improve social, emotional, and physical domains in several diseases. Among such treatments, the equine-assisted activities and therapies have been developed to support the conventional approaches. There is growing evidence on the beneficial effects of hippotherapy, whereas few data are available regarding donkey therapy. Herein, we compare such treatments, hypothesizing their best application field to reach the proper therapeutic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-21
Number of pages2
JournalInnovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Animal-assisted interventions
  • Equine-assisted activities
  • Hippotherapy
  • Psychiatric disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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