Funded Research

HHRF has been funding competitive research since its founding. Listed below are all of the awarded projects, including copies of their winning applications and copies of final reports and abstracts when available.


“Improvement in Trunk/Head Stability and Upper Extremity Control after HPOT”

Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy - St. Louis, MO.  Principal Investigators: Tim Shurtleff, Dr. Jack Engsberg, Dr. John Standeven. Funded 2006. Status: Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009 Jul;90(7):1185-95. 

Application     Abstract


“The Effect of Equine Assisted Activities on the Social Functioning in Children with Autism”

Good Hope Equestrian Training Center - Miami, FL, USA. Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Bass. Funded 2008. Status: Submitted for publication, pilot study results published in the Journal for Autism & Developmental Disorders.

 Application     Abstract


“Hippotherapy to Improve Postural Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy”

 Université de Sherbrooke - Quebec, Canada. Principal Investigators: Dr. Helene Corriveau, Dr. Claude Dugas, Danielle Champagne. Funded 2010. Status: Submitted for publication.

Application     Abstract


“Effects of Hippotherapy on Balance and Gait in Ambulatory Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy”

Central Michigan University, USA. Principal Investigators: Debbie Silkwood-Sherer and Nancy McGibbon. Funded 2010. Status: Pilot study published in Physical Therapy, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association May, 2012.

Application     Final Report


“Basic Neurobiological and Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Therapeutic Effects of Equine Assisted Activities (EAA/T)”

University of Rostock, Germany. Principal Investigators: Dr. Andrea Beetz, Dr. Henri Julius, Dr. Kurt Kotrschal, and Dr. Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg. Funded 2010. Published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention, 2015.

Application   Abstract


“Effects of Hippotherapy on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA. Principal Investigator: Tim Shurtleff. Funded 2011. Status: Pilot study published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Nov/Dec 2013.

Application     Final Report


“Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Coping Self-Efficacy, Emotion Regulation, and Social Engagement in Military Veterans” 

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Funded 2012. Status: Study completed, preparing for submission. 

Application     Final Report


“Effects of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Male Youth”

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA. Principal Investigator:  Dr. Megan Mueller. Funded in 2013. Published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies 2017.

Application     Final Report


“Examination of the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Quality of Life and Participation in Combat Veterans”

Baylor University, Waco, TX. Principal Investigator: Dr. Beth Lanning. Funded 2014. Status: preparing a submission. 

Application     Final Report


“Can Horses Distinguish Between Neurotypical and Mentally Traumatized Humans?”

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. Canada. Principal Investigator : Katrina Merkies, PhD. Funded 2015. Status:  preparing a submission.

Application     Abstract


“The Effect of Therapeutic Riding on Stress Levels in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders" 

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA. Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kemeny, PhD. Funded 2016. Status:  Active.

Application