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SYMPOSIUM TO EXPLORE EQUINE ROLES IN HUMAN SERVICES

The role of the horse in human service is the focus of the upcoming Equine Industry Symposium hosted by the University of Guelph in Canada. Horses in Human Health and Learning is the seventh annual Equine Industry Symposium and takes place over three evenings via Zoom. It features Nina Ekholm Fry from the University of Denver and five guest speakers, who will focus on the roles horses have when part of human services. Free symposium is being hosted by Guelph’s Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management – Equine Management degree program, from November 21 to 23. It aims to educate horse enthusiasts, human service providers and anyone with an interest in the power of horses to improve people’s everyday lives. Attendees will gain an understanding of different types of therapies and learning services where horses are included. It will provide an overview of horses in human health and learning in various services and current research, will focus on therapy services which include horses, overview of how equine movement is incorporated into occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. November 23, focuses on learning services where horses are featured. Experts will discuss ways that interactions with horses can contribute to social-emotional learning and personal growth. It will also tackles the confusing topic of adaptive (therapeutic) riding. It is hoped that the symposium will expand knowledge about horses and facilitate crucial industry relationships, and that attendees will continue the conversation regarding horses and their involvement in human health care and learning services.