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|About||The Connected Horse Project coordinates horse guided workshops for people living with dementia and their care partners.|
We believe that the essence of each human being is inside each of us until we die. We will always look for ways to reach, connect and find meaning.
The Connected Horse Project is a human-animal connection and engagement program that aims to provide support and tools to keep individuals and partners living with dementia diagnoses connected to each other and the community.
We believe that animals have a lot to teach us and can provide us with valuable insights into our own healing process and purpose.
We believe that the human-horse connection is especially powerful and offers those who have been marginalized or stigmatized by society opportunities to experience clarity, strength and healing.
Started in 2015, The Connected Horse Project was founded to offer opportunities and understanding of human-animal connections for people living with early stage dementia and their care partners. The project focuses on pioneering equine-guided workshops to fulfill its mission.
It is also actively involved in research, working with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Alzheimer's Disease Center and the School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Equine Health to study the effects of its equine-guided activities to further understand and develop programs that benefit everyone involved.
Why? Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops dementia. This disease touches all of us. Until there is a cure we need more programs that support people living with dementia and their care partners. The interest in the therapeutic effects of Human-Animal Interaction is gaining momentum as programs such as ours see positive outcomes with a variety of populations.
The Connected Horse workshops provide the opportunity for people living with early stage dementia and their care partners to be together as they experience non-riding activities with horses. The power of the human-horse connection helps participants not only feel relaxed, confident, and happy in the moment, they also learn about self compassion, stress reduction strategies and communication and awareness practices.
Through our Equine Guided Support Pilot Study, conducted in partnership with UC Davis and Stanford University, we have measured the effectiveness of equine-guided workshops on stress reduction and quality of life indicators for people with early stage dementia and their care partners. We will continue our research to further understand the many benefits of our innovative program. We learned a lot during our research projects. We are grateful for the participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped us complete the workshops.
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