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Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurie McDuffee and her team from Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this project, Psychophysiological Effects of Equine-assisted Therapy on Horses and in Veterans Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is to explore the efficacy of equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) on human-horse dyads through changes in measures of stress hormones and PTSD symptoms.

October 7, 2019 – The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) Group Inc is very pleased to announce that the third film in the ECIR Group NO Laminitis film series is complete and available for viewing on the ECIR website.

The International Equitation Science Conference, with the theme of Bringing Science to the Stable, kicked off on Sunday, August 18, 2019 with two pre-conference workshops. The first was Lost in Translation presented by two members of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Council, Cristina Wilkins of Horses and People Magazine, and Kate Fenner of Kandoo Equine. Using their media background and experience, they discussed ways to improve the communication of science in equestrian communities.

Would your choice of footing change if you spent some time looking at the massive collection of data in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Thomason? How about the way you train on that surface?

Team members, Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON; Lisa Carlsen of Okotoks, AB; Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, QC; and Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON reached their goal of Tokyo qualification on a team total of 30.21 after two days and three rounds of competition. Brazil won a decisive team gold on a score of 12.39. Mexico made a strong move up from their fourth place standing on day one to take team silver with 22.97, while the United States lost their leading foothold to land in the bronze medal position with 23.09.

August 4, 2019, Lima, PER – After a foot-perfect performance in the final jumping phase, Canadian Eventing Team members, Dana Cooke, Colleen Loach, Jessica Phoenix and Karl Slezak claimed the bronze medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Peru on August 4. Following a challenging cross-country day, the Canadian Eventing Team moved from their dressage standing of second down to the bronze medal position on a team total of 183.7. This would prove to be their final score and placing after three consecutive clear rides over the jumping course, which featured 11 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts set by FEI 4* Course Designer, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

June 26, 2019 – CannaHorse announced it will launch the world’s first-ever legal cannabis brand dedicated to horse health, providing a plant-based solution to traditional pharmaceuticals. Created for horse people, by horse people, CannaHorse will launch four product lines, created from specific formulations of cannabis using key cannabinoids and terpenes to treat ailments common in equine medicine. Product lines will be targeted to address concerns like pain and inflammation, anxiety/calming, exercise and surgical recovery, and overall wellness.