To introduce and provide equine-related activities to military personnel and their families, Utah State University Equine Extension created and implemented an effective program called Ride Utah! Equine-related activities have been shown to improve mental health and build strong family relationships in participating individuals. Ride Utah! incorporates campus faculty, county agents, and community volunteers to promote, facilitate, and conduct safe, enjoyable equine trail rides and associated resiliency-building programming. Program evaluation has indicated significant increase in participants' resiliency, and the program can be replicated or adapted for use elsewhere.
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Hoopes, K. H., & Osborne, M. (2020). Ride Utah! Resiliency-Building Horse Rides for Military Personnel and Families. The Journal of Extension, 58(5), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.05.02