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Ride Utah! Resiliency-Building Horse Rides for Military Personnel and Families

By Karl H. Hoopes, Makenna Osborne

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Abstract

To introduce and provide equine-related activities to military personnel and their families, Utah State University Equine Extension created and implemented an effective program called Ride Utah! Equine-related activities have been shown to improve mental health and build strong family relationships in participating individuals. Ride Utah! incorporates campus faculty, county agents, and community volunteers to promote, facilitate, and conduct safe, enjoyable equine trail rides and associated resiliency-building programming. Program evaluation has indicated significant increase in participants' resiliency, and the program can be replicated or adapted for use elsewhere.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2021
Publication Title The Journal of Extension
Volume 58
Issue 5
Pages 9
Publisher Clemson University Press
URL https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss5/2/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Horseback riding
  3. Horses
  4. Mammals
  5. Military families
  6. Military personnel
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Working animals
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  1. open access