February 2019 E-Newsletter

Horses and Humans Research Foundation strives to move research from the arena to the lab and back to the arena again, where advancements truly impact lives. HHRF, in partnership with visionary donors, has successfully selected and funded critical EAA/T research that is already inspiring and leading the future of this field by:

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Therapeutic Riding Helped Lower Stress Levels of Autistic Youth - Study

“Therapeutic riding offers additional benefits that stress management (HM) cannot. For example, TR can also promote proper posture, trunk balance and leg strength to improve posture and gait for community and work tasks. Equine-assisted activities provide sensory input. Moreover, working with a horse that is non-judgmental can promote bonding and social connections.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Comparative Effectiveness of Stress Management Techniques and Therapeutic Riding on Stress Levels of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers at Slippery Rock University recently completed a study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation focused on the comparative effectiveness of stress management techniques and Therapeutic Riding on stress levels of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

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Research Published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science: Behavioural and physiological responses of therapy horses to mentally traumatized humans

Research conducted at Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada was recently published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science.  The study ‘Behavioural and physiological responses of therapy horses to mentally traumatized humans’ examined the effects of equine assisted therapy (EAT) on the horse.  The principal investigator was Katrina Merkies, PhD and the project was funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.  

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HHRF Welcomes Three New Board Members Committed to Advancing Human-Equine Research

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) welcomes three new members to their board of directors.  Evelyn McKelvie, C.E.C., Leif Hallberg, MA, LPC, LCPC and Nancy Waite-O’Brien, PhD recently joined the board bringing a variety of skills and expertise to support this equine assisted activity and therapy (EAA/T) research focused mission. 

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2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report has been published. Visit our Annual Reports page to read about our work and outcomes from 2017. Special thanks to each individual and group who makes this work possible with your contributions of funding, time and professional dedication! 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: $50,000 Available to Researchers Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

Horses and Humans Research Foundation announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submission proposals is June 30, 2018. Up to fifty thousand dollars in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process.

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YOU Were a Principal Initiator in Four Published Research Articles in 2017!

Your  support has made still more research possible!  In 2017 we have seen 4 new published articles related to research funded by YOUR contributions.  In addition another research project was completed and findings were announced.   Research results are truly advancing this field.  Thank you.  YOUR role in research is more important than you might imagine.

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