Touch forms the foundation of the powerful human-horse relationship
Research has shown that horses and humans have developed a unique way to communicate with one another, a kind of third language, neither fully human nor fully equine. What linguists call an “embodied language system” seems to have developed – a way of communicating that’s reliant on touch, emotional connection and becoming attuned to physical movements. This thoughtful article explores this area in depth.
House Approves $5 Million for Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2018 included an amendment to increase Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program funding equine-assisted therapy. Click on the picture below for further information
'MAN O' WAR' PROJECT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
This is an article about Equine-assisted therapy programs at Squirrelwood Equine Sanctuary, Heroes and Horses, and the Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center are having a profound impact treating veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. There is a really beautiful film embedded in the copy of this article which is very moving. Click on the picture below for further information
Animal Cognition - How do horses communicate with humans.
There’s a wealth of recent research that has shed new light on horses’ abilities to understand and communicate with human caretakers. This article examines the current scientific understanding of the various ways horses communicate with the humans around them.
Horses remember if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you
The 'New Scientist' featured some research on how horses can remember the facial expressions they see on human faces and respond differently if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you. Click on the picture below to find further details on the research carried out by the Unversities of Sussex and Portsmouth.
Horse Stories - Radio 4, Healing Horses
Radio 4's Claire Balding recently completed a series of programes around Horses and their stories. In this insightful programme Claire visits contrasting stables in Brixton and Edgware, North London to see how horses are being used to help people with mental and physical health problems. Can equine therapy offer hope to young people affected by gang violence and addiction?