The Equine Science Center's research focus this year will be on the horse human bond, and how EAAT affects both humans and horses during these types of therapy sessions. This will be the first time research conducted with EAAT will measure the same physiological markers of stress and well-being simultaneously in both the horses and veterans. The proposed project is an 8-week research trial that will examine equine and human health in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) specifically within the New Jersey veteran population. The study will look at how the interactions between the horses and humans, sometimes referred to as a “horse/human bond” affect one another. While people often think of the horse/human bond being beneficial to both the horse and the human, the lack of research to scientifically prove this prevents this type of therapy from being covered by insurance, and being recognized scientifically.
Donations to the research fund allow the Center to support projects and initiatives that otherwise wouldn't be possible. Your gift will help to ensure that projects like this one can actually happen. Donating to the research fund will allow us to cover not only things like the cost of the research, but could also provide funding for expenses incurred by the veterans participating in the study. This could include things like the cost of the therapy sessions or travel, which will ensure that veterans won't be deterred from entering into the study simply because they may not be able to pay for sessions or get to the facility. Donations will also cover things like funding the Ph.D. candidate who will be leading the project, or paying for an undergraduate student to assist.
The Rutgers Equine Science Center is recognized locally and globally as the primary resource for everything equine. We accomplish this through: educating students, stakeholders, and the public; training advocates for equine and other agricultural industries; finding solutions through science-based inquiry; and exploring the relationship between horses and humans. In 2001 the center set a course to become the first-call resource for equine health and management in the United States and internationally. With a team geared to deliver excellent science, applicable to both animal and human health, we have done just that.