Health Care Worker Project

MSU health care worker project
As a health care worker, you may have experienced a rise in stress and anxiety over the past year.  Studies have shown that participating in horse activities can benefit a person’s emotional and physical health. Researchers at Michigan State University Extension are conducting a study to learn more about how horse activities influence the emotional health of health care workers. 

This study will take place at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center on Collins Rd. in Lansing.  Participants will receive a $40 riding lesson voucher at an area equestrian center for participation.

As a participant in this project, you will complete an activity at the Michigan State University Horse Teaching and Research Center. The activity will take approximately 1 hour to complete and may include one of the following 1) walking around the parking lot, 2) participating in a self-guided tour of the farm, or 3) grooming a horse along with supervision.  During the registration process, you will be asked to select the date/time to participate in this activity that best fits your schedule:

  • Monday, October 11, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Friday, October 15, 2021 - 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 9:00am-10:00am
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:00am-12:00pm

Registration for this program is closed. 

MSU Health Care Worker Project Information 

Our study involves participation in three online surveys that can be taken on your own device and participating in a one hour activity session at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center.  


Upon registering for this study, you will be asked to complete a survey about how you generally feel and answer some questions regarding your horse experience.  You will also be asked to sign up for one activity session at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center.  The sessions will be offered through the course of several days and times during the week of October 11th.


The activity sessions for this study will take place at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, located on 3327 Collins Road, Lansing, Michigan 48910.  

Activity Session 

Upon arriving at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center for your activity session, you will be asked to take a pre-activity survey. Following the survey, you will be randomly assigned one of three activity groups.  You have an equal likelihood of being assigned to any of the following groups:  

  • Group 1: walk around a parking area  
  • Group 2: participate in a self-guided tour of the farm 
  • Group 3: participate in grooming a horse 

Each group activity will take about 30 minutes to complete.  After completing your activity, all groups will meet in the classroom to complete a post-activity survey that will take between 5 – 10 minutes.  Both the pre- and post- surveys will contain questions about your current mood as well as your opinion about horses. In addition, your post-activity survey will ask about your experience in participating in this study.  

Riding Lesson Voucher 

At the end of your activity session, you will receive a $40.00 riding lesson voucher with a list of participating equestrian centers in the surrounding area to schedule your riding lesson.  

No matter what activity group you participate in, you along with your family and friends are always welcomed to the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center during regular operating hours from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to visit the MSU horses!