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Equine Research Foundation

The Equine Research Foundation is a nonprofit public charity described by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. It is not a private foundation, as it is a nonprofit organization described in sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is run by a Board of five Directors.

The purpose of the Foundation is to further scientific and public knowledge about equine learning abilities, perception, behavior, training, care and welfare and, thereby, improve human-horse interactions. All studies are noninvasive and rely on positive reinforcement.

The public can participate in equestrian vacations, internships, volunteering, and horse research through Foundation programs that qualify for a charity tax deduction.

Advancing Equine Knowledge

The Equine Research Foundation supports research aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the learning, cognitive and perceptual capabilities of horses. The study of cognition is concerned with the mental processes, representations and skills involved in thinking and learning. Researchers at the Equine Research Foundation are finding that horses have more advanced cognitive abilities than was previously thought and can solve complex problems. These studies show that horses are thinking creatures that respond best to humans who acknowledge their minds and emotions. General and scientific horse articles are available to those interested in learning more about horses and why horses behave as they do.

Learning Horse Vacations and Internships

In the summer, the Foundation offers learning vacations to the public in the form of horse vacations, and summer internships, which involve participants in all aspects of the Foundation's research and horse training.

Participants gain hands-on experience working on unique scientific projects, learn about horse behavior, training, handling, care and welfare, enjoy interacting with horses and have the opportunity to ride on the California beach. In addition, participants learn about the Foundation's alternative training methods, which are based on positive reinforcement and operant conditioning, eclectic horsemanship, herd behavior and psychology.

Positive Reinforcement Horse Training Clinics

Positive reinforcement horse training clinics are available on-site and off-site. Participants learn how to train horses using positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement training is an excellent complement to other training methods and helps build better relationships between horses and humans.

Consultation

Phone consultations with an Equine Research Foundation expert are available to anyone interested in learning more about horse behavior, cognition and perception, or training and handling.

The Equine Research Foundation also offers consultation and superior court-approved expert witness services for select equine-related legal cases. To speak to the Foundation about these services and rates, please email or call (831) 662-9577.

Anytime Volunteering

Student volunteering positions and internships are available throughout the year for local college students and other interested individuals from the community. Volunteers should be able to commit to regular schedules for a minimum of three months, approximately eight hours per week for volunteering and 16 hours per week for internships. School credits are available. Please contact us for more information.

Copyright Notice: All literature and photographs on this website are the exclusive property of the Equine Research Foundation or the scientific journals in which articles appear. The literature and photographs may not be downloaded or reproduced, copied, used or altered in any way without the written permission of the Equine Research Foundation.

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Equine Research Foundation
P. O. Box 1900, Aptos, CA 95001
Tel: (831) 662-9577, Email: EquiResF@aol.com