Quantification Of The Horse-Human Interaction During Alternative Equine Therapy
AuthorAntonowicz, Bailey Reagan
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to create a rubric to quantify the component of equinehuman interaction to use for comparison purposes and in future studies. A rubric was created that took into account both equine and human behaviors including a scoring method to quantify Participants’ interaction during therapeutic activities. Once created, the rubric was used to analyze equine-human interactions recorded during an ongoing study. An attempt was made to correlate engagement scores to the corresponding horse and human heart rate variability (HRV) metrics, gathered from the human and equine participants. At this point no significant correlations between engagement, as evaluated using the rubric, and the HRV data obtained from participants were found. Limitations of the rubric and of the study that might possibly account for the absence of correlations are discussed, along with improvements that could be made to the rubric to make it more physiologically applicable.