Grant money available for research on the therapeutic effects of horses


Boy and Horse
Edited Press Release

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for 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 quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submission proposals is June 15, 2013.

Up to $50,000 in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a three-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a 1.5 year period.

“Our last call for proposals was specific to EAA/T for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the results have been very encouraging. Now our board is exceptionally pleased to make this grant cycle open to any EAA/T related research areas,” said Lynn Shaw, HHRF Board President. “It is through such open-ended opportunities that brand new areas of research are explored; we always see such exciting new ideas. These efforts are truly opening doors to an inspiring future.”

Past research topics that have received HHRF grants have included hippotherapy for childred with autism spectrum disorders, the therapeutic effects of equine assisted activities, and the effect of hippotherapy on balance and gait in children with spastic cerebral palsy.

Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at Researchers interested in finding local EAA/T programs for possible collaborations may contact the foundation office for assistance.

Make a contribution to HHRF today and help ensure that this important research continues. For more information on this research, on the foundation, or on becoming a donor, contact KC Henry, Executive Director,

Through investment in rigorous research, Horses and Humans Research Foundation will serve as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential to impact on the health and wellness of people. The foundation’s goal is to promote research that will 1) Benefit special program participants by improving equine assisted activity best practices; 2) Educate the public, including professional affiliates, regarding the value and benefits of horses and equine assisted activities.

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  1. Iam new at the horse thing. Me an my boyfriend had purchased a 12year old appaloosa, when we saw her sh was so down in weight, rain rot from head to toe. It had taken us the first year to get her weight to normal, and her very bad hoof infection an rainrot. Now it has been4 years and she has been my one and only true friend, she has taught me alot. I think it is the best idia that can ever happen. I would love to start my own horse rescue. My boyfriend owned 2 horses, and worked doing trail rides. Both of us dont have any kids(our horse is our daughter). we have land, and can get more if we had the money, we then could have enough to have a rescue and can start the program. Our land has a wounderfull views, secluded not many trarric n quit. If you would like to see it you would be more welcome. Our number is 518-538-0284 im Stacie Lanne, my boyfriends Larry Dutcher. call n leave a message and we can give you more information.
    Thankyou much,


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