Home of Research & Development at RACING TO RELATE. We are building an innovative and widely collaborative knowledge platform under the Thoroughbred Assisted™ banner. Working together to deliver robust evidence-based guidance on use of former racehorses in post racing careers assisting people in Equine Assisted Services (EAS). Our collaborative PhD research project with the University of Bristol, kindly funded by the John Pearce Foundation, is the cornerstone of Racing To Relate’s long-term research aims and has inspired us to build an open knowledge-sharing platform through which we hope optimise engagement, implementation and welfare outcomes for both horses and the people who work with them. Find out more about our research and latest developments below and on the Thoroughbred Assisted™ website.
Our research project was recently featured by Reuters / @ReutersScience :
RACING TO RELATE (R2R) has pioneered an international-first in a collaborative research PhD with the University of Bristol (UOB) entitled, The Selection and Education of Former Racehorses (Thoroughbreds) for Equine Assisted Therapy: Developing the Evidence Base for a Global Standard. The three year study has very kindly been funded by The John Pearce Foundation.
A six-month pilot funded by the Down Royal Corporation of Horsebreeders (DRCOH) and R2R which follows retraining of four Thoroughbreds for use in Equine Assisted Therapy at Ballygraffan in NI (Horses For People, June Burgess). Monitoring facilitated by academic collaboration between CAFRE, Ulster University, Queens University and the University of Bristol team via RACING TO RELATE.
Thoroughbred Assisted Storytelling is a beautiful project launching in 2022 which will link stories about Thoroughbreds presently assisting people, to our growing evidence base. We are particularly excited about building up this valuable and ‘open’ resource to aid effective evidence-based communication of the many positive stories and experiences of Thoroughbreds in EAS.
An emphasis on collaboration to cultivate raised stakeholder awareness, consensus and implementation of evidence based best practices to optimise equine welfare outcomes post racing. Our Thoroughbred Assisted platform facilitates regular reporting and stakeholder liaison at key stages along the phases of our PhD study and latest research from around the world.
As part of a 3-year project on the Selection, Welfare and Training of Horses for Equine Assisted Therapy we are surveying people involved in this field about their experiences and practices on this topic. We are aiming to build up a comprehensive understanding of practices in a range of countries in order to identify the most successful elements and promote equine and human welfare.