Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Emily Fields

Second Advisor

Ashton Maguire

Third Advisor

Holly Grieves


This capstone aimed to gain experience and knowledge in developing evidence-based materials that positively affect the programming at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. Within occupational therapy (OT), Equine-Based Therapy (EBT) has demonstrated positive outcomes for improving participation in meaningful occupations. However, based on a needs assessment with the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, a demonstrated increased need for outreach and enhanced mental health programming for trauma-related populations was evident. Therefore, the objectives to meet their needs were to develop a sustainable evidenced-based program utilizing EBT for individuals with trauma and provide input for their evaluation process and therapeutic riding classes within an occupational therapy perspective. Positive feedback from mentors and shareholders provided a basis for the capstone result due to limited participant recruitment. This capstone project contributes to the field of OT by providing further evidence of the value of OT in various nontraditional settings and maintaining a client-centered approach.