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Do you help people through horses?

RESEARCHERS at Queen’s University Belfast, are currently recruiting vol-unteers to take part in a study that is exploring how horses help people. Currently, horses are being incorporated into a range of services with the overall aim of improving quality of life for children and adults in a variety of ways. This spectrum of services includes therapeutic riding, therapies on horseback, equine assisted psychotherapy and even equine assisted learning programmes designed to help personal learning, skills and growth.

So far, the perspectives and experiences of those who provide these equine assisted services has received little attention. This study seeks to explore these viewpoints to gain a greater understanding of this area, the benefits these services provide to society, as well as the challenges faced in developing this sort of intervention.

It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this study will help direct future research and practice, in order to make these types of services more available and raise awareness of the benefits to those in the medical and educational fields. The survey will end in September (after Balmoral Show) to give the best possible chance of reaching participants.

This study is being funded by DAERA as part of a PhD studentship. For more information, please contact Rita Seery at or the study supervisor, Dr Deborah Wells

Bree Rutledge

If you would like to find out more about Horse Week, Bree Rutledge can be contacted by email: or or by telephone: +44 (0) 28 9033 4493.




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