Research Funding Available To Investigate the Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans


Boy and HorseHorses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) invites 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 the quality of life for people with disabilities who are involved with equine assisted activities/therapies.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance to areas designated by the Foundation. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience who are associated with institutions located in the US or Canada. Applicants may request up to $50,000 over a one year period. Applications are due May 15, 2009.

Interested researchers may contact the foundation for information on programs that provide equine assisted activities/therapies for possible collaborations.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, exists to facilitate universal understanding and appreciation of the significant influence of horses on humans. The primary goal is to support, promote and fund scientific research that explores the claimed, yet unsubstantiated benefits of equine assisted activities, leading to the discovery of the most effective methods and techniques for conducting thousands of existing and future programs. The secondary goal is to educate the public (including parents, donors, insurance companies and physicians) on research findings so that equine assisted activities programs become more accessible to those in need. Find out more at

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