The horse-human dyad: Can we align horse training and handling activities with the equid social ethogram?
One analogue is unlikely to hold true for all horse–human contexts, so when applying any model from horse–horse interactions to human–horse interactions, the limitations of the model may eclipse the intended outcome of the intervention. These limitations are especially likely when the horse is being ridden. Such analyses may help to determine the validity of extrapolating intra-specific interactions to the inter-specific setting, as is advocated by some popular horse-training methods, and highlight the subsequent limitations where humans play the role of the ‘alpha mare’ or leader in horse handling and training. This examination provides a constructive framework for further informed debate and empirical investigation of the critical features of successful intra-specific interactions.
Title: The horse–human dyad: Can we align horse training and handling activities with the equid social ethogram?
Authors: P.D. McGreevy, C. Oddie, F.L. Burton and A.N. McLean
Source: The Veterinary Journal, 2009, volume 181, issue 1