In the 7 years (at time of writing) that Horse Boy Method and Movement Method have been operational, almost one university study per year has been done into the effectiveness ot the Methods with more studies pending and ongoing. This makes us one of the most extensively, scientifically proven kinetic learning programs and equine therapies currently available.
In 2011, two German sports doctors examining Horse Boy Method concluded that the rhythms created by riding with the child as opposed to leading the horse were filling the child with the trust/communication hormone oxytocin and counteracting the anxiety hormone cortisol (which shuts down communication), thereby promoting the child’s ability to learn. To read their conclusion, click here.
Between 2011 and 2013 educational psychologists at the University of Texas found that the Method positively impacted children with autism's sensory processing and cognitive awareness (a child's ability to understand the world around them) which in turn led to decreased anxiety. The method was also found to significantly improve the relationship dynamics of the affected family. Their study was published in 2013 - click here to read it.
Between 2012 and 2014 Laurence Schneider, a neuro-scientist from the Institute Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (Frances leading brain institute), was resident at the main Horse Boy Center in Texas and concluded that Horse Boy Method also acted on the cerebellum and pre-frontal cortex, making kids better able to reason and regulate their emotions through enhanced Neuro Trophic Effect. Put simply, the way the children were being moved in the saddle was causing their brains to produce more neurons and to operate more functionally.
Starting in 2015 Horse Boy Method is part of a PhD program on Occupational Therapy at the University of Belmont in Nashville. Also in 2015 the existing University of Texas study is being expanded to include larger data sets, with more studies to be published in 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 Dr. Robert Naviaux, director of the Mitochondrial Institute at the University of California San Diego, and one of the worlds leading neuro-scientists, concluded that Horse Boy Method and Movement Method effectively shut down the cell danger response in the brain and helped brains back to normalized function.
In 2017 two studies - one from the University of Groenigen in the Netherlands and another from the University of Osnabrueck in Germany, assessed the effectiveness of Horse Boy Method and Movement Method respectively and concluded, that both Methods massively enhanced learning in a number of case studies, often from vary "hard to reach" children and adolescents. You can read the abstracts of these studies here.
Additional studies have been conducted at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and (an ongoing four-year study) at the Open University of the Netherlands. Queens College in New York is now beginning an on site Movement Method program. Our relationship with Osnabrueck University continues to provide the academic lesson plans used in the Methods. More studies will follow.