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  1. Fast Horses: The Racehorse in Health, Disease and Afterlife, 1800 - 1920

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    | Contributor(s):: Esther Harper

    Sports historians have identified the 19th century as a period of significant change in the sport of horseracing, during which it evolved from a sporting pastime of the landed gentry into an industry, and came under increased regulatory control from the Jockey Club. Although racehorses were the...

  2. Becoming the centaur : developing non-dominant human-horse relationships in Yorkshire

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    | Contributor(s):: Kirsty Roisin Cameron Ferrier

    This project will add to and build upon the existing anthropological literature on human-animal relations by challenging how categories such as ‘nature’, ‘culture’, ‘ethics’, ‘domestication’, and ‘kinship’ are deployed in a...

  3. Effects of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies on Equine Stress and Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Jean Reega

    Equine assisted activities and therapies (EAATs) are becoming an increasingly popular approach for therapy, therapeutic recreation, and learning for a broad range of human clients and participants. In the EAAT field, most research has been human-centric, focusing primarily on benefits of EAATs...

  4. Fulfilling the Fundamentals of Life: A Grounded Theory of the Process of Human-Horse Relationship Development

    | Contributor(s):: Darlene Joy Chalmers, Constance Barlow (adviser), Cindy Adams (adviser)

    This thesis explores how relationships develop between humans and their equine companions, and how such relationships may be mutually beneficial. Specifically, the research question asks: What are the processes that occur in the interaction between humans and horses? The research employs a...

  5. Show Horse Welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Melissa A. Voigt, Colleen Brady

    In recent years there has been an increase in the public's attention to situations where trainers, owners, and handlers have compromised the well-being of show horses for the sake of winning. These situations may be due to training negligence or naivety of individuals working with the horse....

  6. Using Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) to Examine the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on the Personal and Professional Development of Student Therapists

    | Contributor(s):: Dianna Isabel Giraldez

    The Introduction to Equine Assisted Family Therapy course offered at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) provides Master’s and Doctoral level student therapists the opportunity to learn how to conduct an equine session and how to utilize horses as part of the therapeutic process. Students...

  7. Outcomes in language and social skills as seen in children with autism and developmental disabilities participating in equine assisted activities

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Koenigseder

    Individuals with developmental disabilities commonly present characteristics that include deficits in social and communicative abilities. A number of intervention strategies have been implemented, but none have proven to be most effective. A somewhat novel approach known as equine assisted...

  8. Therapeutic Horseback Riding With Military Veterans: Perspectives of Riders, Instructors, and Volunteers

    | Contributor(s):: Leslie LaFleur

    Statistics reveal that over 353,000 military members have been diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI resulting from war-related activities. With the rising number of war stress injuries, there have not been enough psychotherapeutic services to meet the current demand for the care of returning veterans...

  9. Ghost herds : rescuing horses and horse people in Bluegrass Kentucky

    | Contributor(s):: Tamar V.S. McKee

    This dissertation examines the cultural and historical dimensions of why certain communities in the United States are compelled to rescue animals from abuse, neglect, or death. In particular, it engages with the debate over sending “unwanted” horses to slaughter, touching upon not...

  10. A Powerful Approach or the Power of Horses: Is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy an Effective Technique or the Natural Effect of Horses?

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica S. Iwachiw

    The lives of humans and animals have been intertwined through time immemorial, and in many instances the relationship between humans and animals has been thought to be good for human well-being. As such, it is not surprising that treatments for a wide range of ailments, from physical to...

  11. Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales

    | Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley

    My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...

  12. Rigging a horse and rider: simulating the predictable and repetitive movement of the rider

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lynn Kuhnel

    It is nice to give animators artistic freedom, but having to animate every bounce, sway, and counter-balancing movement of a rider on a horse isn't freedom at all. It is painstaking labor that could easily be prevented with an effective character setup. If an animation piece is only going to...

  13. An investigation into the feeding behaviour and diet selection of the domestic horse

    | Contributor(s):: Marie Clare Cairns

    This study sought to investigate feeding behaviour and diet selection of horses exposed to concentrate feed of differing flavours and nutrient contents in different situations. Firstly behaviour was studied in a simple choice test. The results showed that when thehorses have no previous...

  14. The knowledge, perception and utilization of equine chiropractic by horse riders in KwaZulu-Natal

    | Contributor(s):: Kirsten Moya Snow

    Background:  Horses are unlike most animals as they take part in equine sports and thus are athletic animals.  Comparable to a human athlete, horses are prone to sports related injuries and disease. Equine  chiropractic has shown to be one of the most utilized forms of...

  15. Effects of equine therapy on malalignment-generated patellofemoral syndrome: targeting the vastus medialis obliques

    | Contributor(s):: Karen Ann Hayson

    At the onset of this project, a key point to keep in mind is that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is regarded as still being in an early stage of professional development. This has a profound impact on its current research status. Animal-assisted therapy, as defined by the Delta Society, a...

  16. Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System

    | Contributor(s):: Brandy Morgan

    This paper examines the way in which various parameters affect injury type and prevalence in horse eventing. The human-horse relationship has a long history that has continued to evolve, and their relationship is still strong today, especially in the role of sports and entertainment. In...

  17. The Development and Testing of a Procedure for Monitoring Visitor-Horse Interactions at Assateague Island National Seashore

    | Contributor(s):: Margaret Christine Ingle

    Developing visitor impact indicators and associated monitoring techniques are critical first steps to sustain a balance between two national park mandates, protecting resources and providing recreation opportunities. The first paper of this thesis provides a comprehensive and organized assessment...

  18. Evaluation of the effects of the closure of equine slaughter facilities

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor R. Bonar