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Horses and Human Health

Diabled Youth Find Solace at Mitey Riders Program

Harry Swimmer with a Mitey RiderAn encounter in Harry Swimmer's local grocery store parking lot changed his life more than 20 years ago.

He met a girl in a wheelchair named Stacy. She was deaf and nonverbal. Swimmer learned she had cerebral palsy.

It gave him an idea.

New Colorado Ranch Offers Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy Dawn Solomon became addicted to horses at a riding stable in Aurora.

Now she hopes that love, along with her counseling degree, can help people with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance addiction.

She, along with investors, is betting a ranch that horse therapy can help.

Colorado First Responders Reap Benefits of EAGALA

Law enforcement experts say post traumatic stress disorder is a silent killer of first responders.
Frank Gale, with Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police, calls it “the most significant problem facing first responders in Colorado.”

Horses Help the Healing at Missouri Equine Center

Clients at Equine Therapy Center in MissouriKids of all ages and genders are benefiting from an Equine Therapy program in the Ozarks.

"Our students are children that have anxiety or have had a death in their families or their parents are going through a divorce," said Gena Wenger, professional counselor for Nixa Public Schools and H.A.Y. (Horses Assisting Youth) Foundation board member.

Take the Reins Therapeutic Center Off & Running

If you're driving between Colorado City and Snyder on Texas 208 and you happen to see a woman on horseback flailing her arms and flopping her legs, don't worry.

She's fine.

"I really look like a crazy person when I get on the back of a horse," said Andrea Barefield, 24 and founder of Take the Reins Therapeutic Center, a newly launched nonprofit.

Why the spectacle? That's how she trains her horses.

EAAT Programs Available at Riding Therapy Center of Victoria in Texas

Riding Therapy Center of VictoriaEquine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are treatments that incorporate equines in an equine environment with rehabilitative goals that are related to the rider's needs and abilities. EAAT promotes emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth in people with a variety of diagnoses.

Horses & Human Health Research Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals

Up to $100,000 is up for grabs for researchers investigating the impact of horses on humans, thanks to the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

Past grant funding opportunities have been limited to $50,000, but the successful completion of HHRF’s 10-Year Anniversary Research Funding Campaign enabled the foundation to double the size of grant funding available for this grant cycle.

Equines For Freedom Program Helping to Fight PTSD

We all have the utmost respect and appreciation for our veterans, the brave men and women who fight for our protection and freedom.

There is a wonderful program called Equines For Freedom. Organized in February 2015, EFF is located on the campus of Marley’s Mission in Newton Township.

This therapeutic program brings horses, humans and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Process together.

Study Confirms Horses Can Read Human Emotions

For the first time psychologists from Sussex University have shown that horses are able to distinguish human facial expressions showing different emotions.

Sussex University researchers compiled a dictionary of horse expressions last year. They identified 17 distinct facial movements in horses which may be manipulated by the horse to represent different emotions and intentions. The raising of eyelids, the pull of mouth corners — all these small gestures can be indicative of underlying mental states, just as they are in humans.

Stanford's 'Medicine & Horsemanship' Class Helps Doctors Connect With Patients

Since 2006, medical students at Stanford have been working with horses to develop a greater awareness of the subtleties of self-presentation and communication that are necessary for the physician-patient relationship. The class, titled “Medicine and Horsemanship,” draws on core principles of the Natural Horsemanship, a philosophy of training horses made famous by real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.