@ReutersScience (watch on Reuters.com) @MattReuters Rosanna Philpott reports.
What happens to a horse when it stops racing? Scientists in the UK are developing a global standard for retraining retired racehorses into therapy horses.
We are very excited to see our research project with the University of Bristol Veterinary School highlighted by Reuters this week.
They share a glimpse of what represents many months of hard work towards creating a robust methodology, providing rigorous research, collaborative assessment, encouragement and dissemination of best-practice strategies for off-track Thoroughbreds.
RACING TO RELATE’s major PhD research project with the University of Bristol is kindly funded by the John Pearce Foundation and aims to develop an evidence-based standard for selecting and educating post-racing Thoroughbreds for roles in the Equine Assisted Sector. This collaborative three-year study is the cornerstone of Racing To Relate’s long-term research aims under our ‘Thoroughbred Assisted’ banner and has the potential to become a template for developing a global standard. Our collaborative knowledge platform, www.thoroughbredassisted.org will offer evidence-based guidance for optimal engagement, implementation and welfare outcomes for both horses and the people who work with them.
The research is only at the ‘audit’ phase and to already see so much enthusiasm in the media is hugely encouraging. If you are involved in the Equine Assisted Sector there is still time to participate in this first phase, the research team want to hear from all programmes working with all breeds of horses to assist people, be that therapy (physical or mental health), learning, personal development and coaching, or indeed whatever terminology you would use to describe your work. This is such a richly diverse sector and finding out just what is going on out there already and understanding more about the programmes and the horses and people involved is a vital first step for our team as they look at how and where Thoroughbreds fit now and in the future in these roles. Click here to find out more about the study and how to participate >>
So many people have been involved in bringing this piece together, that’s why we’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone who gave their insight, time, talent and permissions for this filming. We will be posting more about everyone that took part on our blog throughout next week.