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The Greatest missed opportunity in the sport of horse racing

The great response to our blog post about the amazing two-time Arc champion Treve and her trainer, cancer survivor Criquette Head-Maarek, demonstrated once again that many horse lovers and horse racing fans believe as we do, that horses can have a profound effect on human health. 
 
There are many examples to add to Treve and Criquette’s including that of U.S. breeder and owner Morton Fink. At 83, with various health challenges, Fink credits his two time Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, with helping him live longer. Much has also been said about the relationship between the great Frankel and his U.K. trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, who told interviewers that Frankel helped him through chemotherapy treatments for stomach cancer. No doubt there are others.
 
At Racing Future we believe that demonstrating what these stories show -- the impact horses have on people generally and on human health specifically -- is one of the greatest missed opportunities in the sport of horse racing. 
 
Beyond our sport, stories about the healing connection between people and horses are too numerous to tell. Racing Future has been curating these for some time and we now have quite a collection. One of the most striking aspects of this “library” is the variety of challenges that horses are having positive effects upon, including autism, PTSD, Alzheimers and dementia, addiction, behaviour and emotional problems, cancer, psychological issues, and physical abilities to name but a few.
 
In celebration of the horse and the many people involved in helping horses help people, Racing Future went into our vault to showcase our top ten stories about Horses and Human Health. Do you have a favourite?

Horses changing lives of children with autism - Isaiah Forte
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/horses-changing-lives-children-autis...

Therapeutic Riding: "Every little step is better than the day before"
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/therapeutic-riding-every-little-step...

MANE: horses helping people with physical and emotional disabilities in Alabama
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/mane-horses-helping-people-physical-...

New research reveals how youth who work with horses experience substantial stress reduction
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/new-research-reveals-how-youth-who-w...

CanPraxis: re-teaching communication to vets and their families through horses
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/canpraxis-reteaching-communication-v...

Horses and Human Health: Equine Assisted Addiction Therapy at The Arbor
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/horses-and-human-health-equine-assis...

Horses helping people: miniature therapy horse has a great bedside manner
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/horses-helping-people-miniature-ther...

Emotional healing in a horse’s presence
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/emotional-healing-horse%E2%80%99s-pr...

Horses human health: equine visits boost the lives of dementia sufferers
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/horses-human-health-equine-visits-bo...

Meet Your New Therapist. He's Wise, Compassionate...And Likes To Eat Hay
http://www.racingfuture.com/content/meet-your-new-therapist-hes-wise-com...
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