RACING TO RELATE’s major PhD research project with the University of Bristol is kindly funded by the John Pearce Foundation and aims to develop an evidence-based standard for selecting and educating post-racing Thoroughbreds for Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT). This collaborative three-year study is a significant component of Racing To Relate’s long-term research aims under our Thoroughbred Assisted™ banner and has the potential to become a template for developing a global standard. Our collaborative knowledge platform will offer evidence-based guidance for optimal engagement, implementation and welfare outcomes for both horses and the people who work with them.
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.
Humans are connected inextricably to the Thoroughbred. The Thoroughbred has given its all to us, both on the racetrack and off. Within this off-track realm, Racing To Relate (R2R) was established to help protect the welfare of former thoroughbred racehorses as they transition into new careers within Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and beyond.