Continuous 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.
Latest Completed Research Studies
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 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.
♦ 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.
Other Completed Research Projects & Studies