Optimal Terminology for Services in the United States That Incorporate Horses to Benefit People: A Consensus Document

“As human services that incorporate horses have diversified and expanded, uses of unclear and imprecise terms for naming and describing these services have also become widespread. In turn, unclear and imprecise terminology has generated many serious problems involving stakeholders. Stakeholders include providers of services; consumers of services and their advocates; people and groups who administer, regulate, fund, insure, or research services; and members of the public and media. Among others, problems that adversely involve these stakeholders include confusion and inadequate protection of consumers, reimbursement obstacles, misinformed policies, and barriers to scientific advancement.”

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