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Research Foundation Awards $50,000 to ReCHAI to study Therapeutic Riding Effect on Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries

April 15, 2013

MU’s Horses and Humans Research Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant to study how therapeutic horseback riding affects U.S. military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.  Rebecca Johnson’s multi-disciplinary research team will evaluate veterans’ coping skills, emotional regulation, and social engagement during the six week study. This project is an excellent example of the type of collaborative work promoted by Mizzou Advantage.

Story by: College of Veterinary Medicine News

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation awarded its seventh $50,000 research grant recently to the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The ReCHAI team will examine the effects of six weeks of therapeutic horseback riding on 40 U.S. military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Specifically, the multi-disciplinary investigative team will systematically evaluate whether the horseback riding intervention affects participants’ experience of PTSD symptoms, including coping skills, emotional regulation and social engagement. The study, “Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Coping Self-Efficacy, Emotion Regulation, and Social Engagement in Military Veterans,” is community-based and takes an innovative approach to treating the symptoms of PTSD/TBI which as many as one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experience. See more…