Festina Lente Equine Research

Equine ResearchContinuous learning at an individual, team and organisational level is a large part of the core ethos at Festina Lente.


Staff contributions to our foundation is fundamental, not only to the success of our foundation and our strive for professional and moral excellence but also the global communication of the benefits and learning’s of equine based education and therapies and excellent equine welfare best practices based on equitation science and studies.


All management and staff in our equestrian centre are actively encouraged to continuously educate themselves and others in a variety of ways. Attending conferences, internal and external training courses and carrying out evaluation and research studies are just some of the ways in how we achieve this.


Completed Research Projects & Studies


Latest Completed Research Studies

♦  An Exploration of the Impact of Equine Assisted Learning on the Social and Emotional Well-being of Young People Affected by Educational Disadvantage Research Project


♦  Further Study on the Impact of Bitted vs Bitless Bridles for Therapeutic Riding Equines


♦  How Bare Back Pad Helps the Riders with Cerebral Palsy to Relax Their Hips and Knees during a Therapeutic Riding Session Research Project.


HETI Congress 2015

Seven Festina Lente staff were the Irish delegation at the HETI Congress in Taiwan in June 2015 and presented a number of our research projects.  The goal of the HETI Congress is to provide a platform for high quality research in the field of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy in order to be able to provide evidence for governments, insurance companies, donors etc.


HETI (Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International) is a global organisation with 47 member countries that forms worldwide links between countries, centres and individuals offering equine facilitated activities and assists in the development of new programmes worldwide.


Research Projects presented at the HETI Congress 2015


♦ An Exploratory Study into the Impact of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapy on Therapeutic Riding Horses Research Project


♦ The Impact of Bitted Bridles vs Bitless Bridles on the Therapeutic Riding Horse Research Project.


♦ An Exploratory Study aimed at Measuring the Impact of a Horse Retirement Programme on the Self-worth and Personal Responsibility of a Group of Men and Women with an Intellectual Disability Research Project.


♦ Study of a Riding Schools Equine Retraining Programme based on Evidence Based Equitation Science Principles and Training Methods.


♦ The Development of a Therapeutic Riding Therapy Service for Children and Adults with Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Disabilities in a Remote Rural Setting in the West of Ireland Research Project.


♦ The Inclusion of an Equine Facilitated Educational Programme into the Educational Curriculum of Young People affected by Socio Economic Disadvantage Presenting with Social, Emotional and/or Behavioural Difficulties.


♦ Exploring Human and Horse Interactions during Equine Facilitated Learning Research Project.


♦ An Exploratory Study on Theoretical Frameworks in a Supported Helpers Programme for Young People with Disabilities between the ages of 6 – 18 years Research Project.



Other Completed Research Projects & Studies


♦  A Study Of Stakeholders Knowledge And Attitudes Towards The Use Of Therapeutic Horse Riding For Children With Disability


♦  Exploring the Development and Use of Equine Assisted Personal Development for Adults with a Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability Research Project


♦  The Use of TAG Teaching in Therapeutic Riding with Children with Specific Learning Disabilities Research Project


♦  Development of a Training Programme for Therapeutic Riding Coaching Research Project


♦  The Use of Equine-Assisted Activities to Support Learning in Children with Special Educational Needs Research Project


♦  Crossover Bitless Bridle Research Project


♦  An Evaluation of the Introduction of Continuous Feeding for 34 Stabled Horses Research Project