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Caring for Horses Reduces Symptoms of Dementia

July 2014 by Sophie Barrington, Assistant Editor, Horses and People Magazine

 In this first of its kind study, a collaboration between Ohio State University, an equine therapy centre and an adult daycare centre, researchers determined that spending time with horses eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia. 

Equine therapy - a treatment often used with children and teens who have emotional or developmental disorders - has been proven to be effective for adults too, including those with dementia. The researchers found the participants experience mood lifts when grooming, feeding and walking horses under supervision - similar outcomes experienced by children and teens.