California Foundation For Children, Ex-Racehorses Turns COVID-19 Home Time Into Video Project

With most kids out of school indefinitely due to the coronavirus, there’s a need to keep them occupied. The Square Peg Foundation, which employs ex-racehorses as therapy animals for children on the autism spectrum, has come up with a novel way to engage them. “We got the idea to have participants help us produce 1 […]

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Temple Grandin Equine Center Breaks Ground At Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) broke ground on the Temple Grandin Equine Center in Fort Collins on February 10. The Center will be located at CSU’s B.W. Pickett Equine Center. The Temple Grandin Equine Center will host multiple education and service programs, as well as equine-assisted activities and therapies, and undergraduate and research programs. A world-renowned […]

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‘Hidden Disability’ Lanyards To Be Introduced At Royal Ascot Meeting

Ascot Racecourse is introducing hidden disability lanyards at the Royal Meeting next week, following the successful introduction of the concept at organisations such as Sainsbury’s, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. The sunflower is recognized as a symbol of hope in mental health and has been adopted as a way for venue representatives to identify visitors who […]

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Therapeutic Riding Has Positive Impact On Stress Levels Of Autistic Adolescents

Researchers at Slippery Rock University recently completed a study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) focused on the comparative effectiveness of stress management techniques and Therapeutic Riding (TR) on stress levels of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The team, led by principal investigator Dr. Martha Kemeny, compared an evidence-based stress management […]

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$88,000 Grant To Study Autism And Horseback Riding At Slippery Rock University

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) recently awarded an $88,000 research grant to Slippery Rock University for a study on autism and horseback riding. The study, called “The Effect of Therapeutic Riding on Stress Levels in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” will measure stress reduction impact through Therapeutic Riding and HeartMath interventions; it will […]

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Retired racehorse Spot the Diplomat now helping autistic children in Texas: Bob’s “Notes on a Program”

Horses are a gift in many different ways but one of their greatest gifts to humans is there ability to help in rehabilitation. Here Spot The Diplomat is a retired racehorse used to help autistic children.

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Earlier this year we were privileged to learn about an organization called Horses & Humans Research Foundation and wrote about them for one of our weekly Good News Friday features (click here to read the article). The organization, created in 2002, funds scientific research exploring the various equine-assisted activities and therapies with the hope […]

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 By Ray Paulick Santa Anita Park will be the focal point of the racing world on Friday and Saturday with the 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup world championships, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the nation’s tracks have gone into hibernation for the week. Take Suffolk Downs … please! But, seriously, the East […]

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