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Seeking families to spend time with horses for research!

Study Title: Equine-Assisted Positively Fit: A Family-Based Obesity Intervention for Rural Youth 

Principle Investigator: Dr. Jason Van Allen, Department of Psychological Sciences 

What is this research studying? 

The purpose of this research study is to determine if a horse-assisted childhood obesity intervention can help children and their caregivers learn specific tools to support healthy lifestyle choices for nutrition and exercise. 

Why participate? 

  • You will learn about your child's body composition. 
  • You and your child will have an opportunity to train with horses. 
  • Your family will learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle. 

Who can participate?  
You may qualify to participate if your child struggles with weight or obesity, ages 9-13. Participating families will also receive $30 total, given after the first scheduled research visit ($10) and again at a follow-up visit after completing the Equine-Assisted Positively Fit program ($20). 

Ready to learn more? 

To take the next steps, please contact Eli Halbreich at (806) 834-3938 or  

Questions about the Research? 
For questions about the research, please contact: Dr. Jason Van Allen at 806-834-7703.  

This study has been approved by the Human Research Protection Program at Texas Tech University.



Eli Halbreich