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  1. An observational evaluation of stress in horses during therapeutic riding sessions

    Contributor(s):: McDuffee, L., Carr, L., Montelpare, W.

    Therapeutic riding (TR) provides benefits to participants with cognitive and physical disabilities. Horses participating in TR programs are typically selected because of their calm temperament and may not show obvious signs of stress. However, the welfare of horses in TR programs is an important...

  2. The role of hormones during equine-assisted activity and therapy: a literature review

    Contributor(s):: Ferlazzo, A., Fazio, E., Cravana, C., Medica, P.

  3. Parental Perception of Changes in Basic Life Needs of Children with Disabilities after Six Months of Therapeutic Horseback Riding: A Qualitative Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Lovrić, Nikolina Farčić, Štefica Mikšić, Aleksandra Gvozdanović Debeljak

    Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has a positive effect on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning of children with disabilities. Parents’ reports of the effects of THR on their children support professionals in individualizing the THR program. With this qualitative study,...

  4. Recreational Horseback Riding and Its Association with Physical, Mental, and Social Wellbeing and Perceived Health

    | Contributor(s):: Schwarzmüller-Erber, Gabriele, Maier, Manfred, Stummer, Harald, Kundi, Michael

  5. Equestrian activities in Romania: the vaulting discipline

    | Contributor(s):: Bochis, F.

  6. Epidemiology of Equestrian Accidents: a Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Meredith, Robert Ekman, Karin Brolin

    Purpose: This manuscript aimed to present a review of the literature pertaining to horse riding and other horse-related injuries. Method: A review of the literature was performed, searching for appropriate terms with regards to horse accidents, horse riding injuries and protective clothing for...

  7. Evaluating stress in riding horses: part one - behavior assessment and serum cortisol

    | Contributor(s):: Hovey, M. R., Davis, A., Chen, S., Godwin, P., Porr, C. A. S.

  8. Rider effects on horses’ conflict behaviour, rein tension, physiological measures and rideability scores

    | Contributor(s):: Christensen, Janne Winther, Munk, Rikke, Hawson, Lesley, Palme, Rupert, Larsen, Torben, Egenvall, Agneta, König von Borstel, Uta U., Rørvang, Maria Vilain

  9. Health and Body Conditions of Riding School Horses Housed in Groups or Kept in Conventional Tie-Stall/Box Housing

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    | Contributor(s):: Jenny Yngvesson, Juan Carlos Rey Torres, Jasmine Lindholm, Annika Pättiniemi, Petra Andersson, Hanna Sassner

    We compared welfare measures of horses among Swedish riding schools (RS) during winter where horses were kept either in group housing (n = 8) or in tie-stalls/boxes (n = 8), Health data for six previous months were obtained for all horses at each RS from their records. Ten horses per...

  10. Pet Attachment and Wellbeing of Older-Aged Recreational Horseback Riders

    | Contributor(s):: Schwarzmueller-Erber, G., Maier, M., Kundi, M.

  11. Effects of Rider Experience Level on Horse Kinematics and Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebekah Strunk

    Large riding lesson programs are an essential part of the horse industry. To meet demand and remain profitable, lesson barns sometimes require horses to work multiple times a day with different rider levels. There is little guidance as to the behavioral and physical effects of such protocols,...

  12. Three-dimensional analysis of horse and human gaits in therapeutic riding

    | Contributor(s):: Uchiyama, Hidehiko, Ohtani, Nobuyo, Ohta, Mitsuaki

    Therapeutic horse riding or hippotherapy is used as an intervention for treating individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Equine-assisted interventions are based on the hypothesis that the movement of the horse's pelvis during horseback riding resembles human ambulation, and thus...

  13. Equine-Assisted Intervention to Improve Perceived Value of Everyday Occupations and Quality of Life in People with Lifelong Neurological Disorders: A Prospective Controlled Study

    | Contributor(s):: Palsdottir, A. M., Gudmundsson, M., Grahn, P.

    People with neurological disorders suffer from poor mobility, poor balance, fatigue, isolation and monotonous everyday activities. Studies show that equine-assisted interventions can improve their mobility and balance, but could these kinds of interventions also increase participants' activity...

  14. What horses have taught me about communication and connection | Jim Culver | TEDxLander

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    | Contributor(s):: Jim Culver

    In this personal story, Jim talks about the connection between him and his horse. Hear stories of how body language and emotion affect horses. Can day to day feelings affect how a horse reacts? Learn whether Jim was able to overcome this barrier with his horse.  The intersection of...

  15. Does having a pet influence the physical activity of their young female owners?

    | Contributor(s):: Machova, K., Dadova, K., Chaloupkova, H., Svobodova, I.

  16. Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles (O.A.T.S.)

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    Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1997. Located on 40 acres in Ortonville, Mich., O.A.T.S. and its staff of caring, dedicated and enthusiastic instructors and volunteers provide equine-assisted therapy and a lot of smiles on a weekly...

  17. Hengityksen merkitys ratsastuksessa : katsaus ratsastuksen lajivaatimuksiin hengityksen näkökulmasta

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    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Janatuinen

    Ratsastuksessa pyritään hevosen ja ratsastajan saumattomaan yhteistyöhön. Ratsastajan täytyy olla hyvässä kunnossa sekä fyysisesti, että psyykkisesti. Hengitysmekaniikalla on tärkeä merkitys ihmisen asennon- ja tasapainon hallinnassa,...

  18. Victoria Acres Equine Facility, Inc.

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    Victoria Acres Equine Facility is a 501(c)3 non profit organization located in Guilderland, NY.  The mission of Victoria Acres Equine Facility, Inc., is to empower children and adults with or without physical and developmental challenges through the use of Equine Assisted...

  19. Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Horse-Human Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Chelsea Wiley

    With completing this thesis, I hope to achieve an answer that could potentially help numerous people with their recovery from tragic events or progress in their life overall. Horseback riding has been suggested to help special needs children and adults connect better with people and help them...

  20. Faith Therapeutic Riding Service

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    Faith Therapeutic Riding Service, or (FtR), was created to provide people with disabilities with professionally supervised riding sessions; creating opportunity for all people, at all levels of ability, to benefit from the positive impact of equine assisted activities. We are a 501 (c) (3)...