Robin is an IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant and an ABS Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Animals have always been the defining element of Robin’s life and work. She holds a BS in Biology and Psychology and a PhD in Animal Behavior, and for 20 years as a Professor at the University of Puget Sound she taught courses in animal learning, behavior, and communication, behavioral genetics, and research methods.
Justine Harrison is an IAABC Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant and trainer based in the North West of England. She is also a member of the IAABC application review committee. Justine provides horse behaviour consultations, trains horses and mentors students. She uses the science of behaviour and learning to help horse owners and trainers throughout the UK solve a wide range of behaviour problems including separation anxiety, aggression, phobias and stereotypies.
Sharon Madere has spent over 20 years immersed in the science of animal behavior. She offers equine training and behavior modification, as well as private instruction and group educational events through her business, EquiLightenment. Based in Virginia and Florida, she serves clients throughout the mid-Atlantic, South East and occasionally the North East. Sharon also breeds Andalusian and Lusitano horses (Silver Moon Iberians), and is a serious student of artistic Classical riding.
Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant with the IAABC, and is the organization’s Horse Chair and a member of the Application Review Committee. She has operated her business, Good Horsemanship, since 2006 in Squamish, BC, Canada. Lauren helps horse owners resolve behavior and training problems, teaches riding and horsemanship, and presents educational events and workshops for horse owners and equine professionals.
This last post in the series will cover what I like to refer to as the third of those three ‘F’s’ –freedom. I hope to introduce the idea that these three needs are actually hard to isolate individually, and could instead be looked at as one very important, intertwined need of the horse.
There’s a great phrase, “anthropomorphism by omission”, that describes what happens when we fail to consider that other animals (don’t forget, we too are animals) have a different perception of the world than we. Without even realizing it, we can attribute human traits, needs, or ways of perceiving to other species simply by failing to realize that how they perceive the world is probably completely different than how we perceive the world. As it applies to this blog, what we think the horse wants or needs might not be what he wants or needs. I believe that most horse owners want their horses to be happy. In the first part of this blog series, The Horse’s Manifesto, we talked about the horse’s inherent need for Friends. Here in part two we are going to cover his need for Forage.
There’s a great phrase, “anthropomorphism by omission”, that describes what happens when we fail to consider that other animals (don’t forget, we too are animals) have a different perception of the world than we. Without even realizing it, we can attribute human traits, needs, or ways of perceiving to other species simply by failing to realize that how they perceive the world is probably completely different than how we perceive the world. As it applies to this blog, what we think the horse wants or needs might not be what he wants or needs. I believe that most horse owners want their horses to be happy. So in the interest of keeping our horses happy, this three part blog will examine his top three demands, starting with friends.
Humans and horses, in wildly varying states of cooperation and mutual respect, have worked together for almost 10,000 years. Capitalizing on both their willingness to coexist peacefully and their receptiveness to training, humans have borrowed the horse’s power, endurance and strength for such things as transportation, crop production, and to gain an advantage over opponents in battle. Over the millennia, horse folk have struggled to find a balance between harnessing the horse’s innate sensitivity and responsiveness while tempering his instinct for rapid flight and reaction, or desensitizing him to common stimuli while not creating unresponsive “dull” horses.
Do you prefer your horse clean shaven, and tackle every stray hair with scissors, pulling comb, or clippers? Or are you in the “wild and wooly” camp, whose members sport shaggy beards, hairy fetlocks and whiskery chins? Whichever grooming club you belong to, you may want to reconsider trimming a certain part of your horse’s body the next time the urge to tidy things up overcomes you.
It’s summer, and the podcast will be winding down for a couple of months. In the meantime, I want to highlight some of the outstanding archive material we have made available on Continue reading…