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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Sally Lehnhardt Joins HHRF Board of Directors

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, January 9, 2018.  Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) welcomes Sally Lehnhardt to their board of directors.  Lehnhardt, from Cockeysville, MD, is a VP at McCormick & Co., Inc. and a lifelong horse enthusiast.  She is a firm believer in the benefits from interaction between horses and humans on multiple levels and has commented that “I do not believe I would be an executive today if I had not been a horse person. The interaction gave me confidence I would not have had otherwise. “

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$10,000 Research Grant to Texas A&M University Team

Horses and Humans Research Foundation awarded $10,000 to Texas A&M University to complete their research project “Tracking Kinematic and Kinetic Data during Horse Riding for Optimizing Therapeutic Outcomes.” This study will investigate the impact the horse’s movement has on a mounted client by measuring both horse and mounted participant simultaneously. 

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Slippery Rock University Mid-Project Report

HHRF awarded a grant in 2016 to Slippery Rock University, under Principal Investigator Elizabeth Kemeny, PhD. The project is entitled “The Effect of Therapeutic Riding on Stress Levels in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders". They submitted a mid-project report and it is available for viewing here

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Interview with Judith L. Gibbons, Ph.D.

I offered to design a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. In the first community, our goal was simply to improve horse welfare, but when we held a “tea” for wives and mothers of the participating men, they surprisingly told us that their husbands and sons had become less violent toward people after learning nonviolent horse handling.

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