The Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship

Transforming the Doctor-Patient Relationship with Equine-Assisted Learning


Adapt the proven Stanford Medicine and Horsemanship course to your equine-assisted learning or equine-assisted psychotherapy program

The Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship

With this ground-breaking manual, any person—or group of people—with healthcare, equine and experiential education expertise can learn to conduct programs that teach medical students and healthcare professionals the interpersonal skills needed needed for the doctor-patient relationship and all professional interactions. Medicine and Horsemanship is also for nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, integrative medicine practitioners and all professionals with direct patient care responsibilities.

This manual provides the essentials you need to develop your own Medicine and Horsemanship program. You begin with a foundation of the practical and philosophical principles of teaching good bedside manner. You then learn to conduct equine-assisted learning programs specifically designed for the unique needs of medical students and healthcare professionals—through the detailed, step-by-step exercises provided. Finally, you will learn how to obtain the enthusiastic support from medical institutions and manage the administrative issues of your program.

Introductory Consultation

No book can cover all situations or answer all questions about developing a Medicine and Horsemanship program. In order to help you succeed, your purchase of the manual includes a 30-minute phone conversation with Dr. Kane. Use this time to ask any questions about your unique challenges and make plans for the future of your program.

Need more help? For extended assistance on developing and executing your program, Dr. Kane is available for consulting by phone, e-mail, or in person.

Working with horses teaches patience, gentleness, and respect, all of which are essential to a good doctor-patient relationship. Our Medicine and Horsemanship course teaches these skills in a most directand dramatic way. Now, with Dr. Kane's Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship, the Stanford experience can be replicated at almost any medical center.
Samuel LeBaron, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

For more information about the program at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University medical schools, read the Medicine and Horsemanship Monograph.

Benefits For Your EAL Program

After reading The Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship, you will be able to:

  • Expand your existing EAL program to include medical students and healthcare professionals.
  • Speak with healthcare professionals in their own language using metaphors and scenarios that are meaningful to them.
  • Sell medical decision-makers on the value of your program.
  • Most importantly, know that you are truly improving the doctor-patient relationship.

Topics covered in The manual of medicine and Horsemanship

  • History—The Evolution of Medicine and Horsemanship from natural horsemanship, experiential education and equine-assisted therapies, and its relationship with other equine therapy programs
  • Philosophy—The founding principles and course objectives
  • Psychology—The psychological principles that form the basis for all didactic and horse activities in the program
  • Getting Started—Training yourself; selecting your facilitators, horses and facility; dealing with medical institutions
  • Activities and Scheduling—Fully explained classroom and horse activities
  • Administrative Issues—Important details for a successful program, including academic credit, continuing education, insurance and release forms, institutional review boards, financial considerations and public relations
  • Appendices—Supporting materials, including a Checklist for Getting Started
  • Bibliography and Resources
See Table of Contents at AuthorHouse

Where to buy the medicine and horsemanship manual

You can see the complete Table of Contents and purchase the Manual from Authorhouse. You can also purchase the Manual from and other online book distributors.

The CD that came with the original version of the Manual, per the order form on page 83, is no longer available. Dr. Kane will provide you with handouts, workshop schedules, and graphics from the CD immediately after your consultation, as determined by your program needs, at no charge.

Group and Student Discounts

  • 30% discount for medical and other health science students
  • 20% discount for additional copies within an organization

Special pricing is available only with direct purchase from Horsensei. Please e-mail Horsensei for details.