Year IX., number 3.
ABOUT THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF HUMAN–ANIMAL INTERACTIONS (HAI), WITH A FOCUS ON EQUINE ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS (EAIS)
Keywords:animal assisted interaction, equine assisted intervention, health promotion
Several publicatons discuss the positve somatc and psychic efects of animal-human interactions. Animals are capable of unconditional, positve acceptance. They raise the ateniton of people involved, promote pro-social and humane conduct, and empathy towards others. The present article, a „mini review”, aims to describe the research conducted in Hungary and abroad, primarily in connecton with equine assisted actvites. It focuses on how the horse exerts an efect and how it can be more efectve than other animals within an interaction; how it helps to refine communication, to perceive and consciously control feelings, and through these processes, to facilitate social integration. We also report on the way equines effect the development of self-confidence, a healthy self-image, creatvity and assertveness, and the reduction of anxiety and isolaton. We used the search terms „animal assisted” and „equine assisted” in online databases to find Hungarian and English language literature about our topic.