Equus Lost?: How We Misunderstand the Nature of the Horse-Human Relationship–Plus Brave New Ideas for the Future

Equus Lost?: How We Misunderstand the Nature of the Horse-Human Relationship--Plus Brave New Ideas for the Future Author Francesco De Giorgio
ISBN-10 157076798X
ISBN-13 9781570767982
Year 2017-02-14
Pages 112
Language English
Publisher Trafalgar Square Books
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In the 1980s the world of riding training and competing with horses took a major turn with the spread of natural horsemanship which at its most basic foundation rejects the use of abusive techniques and relies on methods derived from understanding the dynamics of free roaming horse herds Since then equestrians across disciplines have incorporated elements of natural horsemanship into their work But despite what was certainly an advancement in human equine interaction that has improved the lives of many horses Italian animal behaviorists Francesco de Giorgio and Jos de Giorgio Schoorl dare to now ask What if much of what we think we know about horses is in fact wrong What if the premise of herd hierarchy is a myth What if conditioning the horses behavior in the ways weve grown accustomed is undercutting his potential for development What if there is anotherbetterlevel of partnership to which we can aspire Their provocative book takes us into a dimension where we shed our assumptions of leadership dominance and control convincingly showing a way forward that acknowledges that a horse when allowed is driven by his own inner motivation to explore and understand the world around him including his relationship with humans

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