Envision forms partnerships to expand research into the horse and human connection with professional researchers and clinicians.

Envision also makes resiliency self-testing available to our clients. These progress assessments enable people to see that they are able to translate the skills and behaviors learned in equine therapeutic activities into positive lasting changes in their everyday lives.

While we are just ramping up this aspect of our work, we are pleased to refer you to work in recent years that has been supported by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.

Equine Therapy / Animal-assisted Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating patients, including combat veterans, with PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, dissociative disorders and other chronic mental illnesses”

(Journal of the American Medical Association)

Example Recent Published Research funded by HHRF:

“Basic Neurobiological and Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Therapeutic Effects of Equine Assisted Activities.” (2010) Investigators: Dr. Andrea Beetz, Dr. Henri Julius, Dr. Kurt Kotrschal, and Dr. Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg Institution: University of Rostock, Germany Intervention: Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) Population: Children, social and/or emotional disorders, mother-child communication. RESULTS:  Pilot Study Published in Physical Therapy May 2012

 “Effect of Hippotherapy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” (2011) Investigator: Tim Shurtleff Institution: Washington University of Medicine, St. Louis, MO Intervention: Human-Horse Interaction, Therapeutic Horseback Riding Population: Children, autism PUBLICATION STATUS: Pilot study published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Nov/Dec 2013.

Additional Resources

Pet Partners Benefits of the Human Animal Bond


PATH International (formerly NARHA
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association)

Pet Partners


Autism with Attitude




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