While dealing with horses, we believe to know many things from experience, some we have observed since generations. Empirical knowledge is often passed down through generations. But what do these observations mean? How do we interpret this practical and empirical knowledge?
Equitation science is a reasonably young, but steadily growing field of science. Over the last two decades, the interest in horses as domestic animals has moved on from questions of health and disease, to husbandry, behavioral sciences, the physiological and biological bases of equine behavior, and last, but not least, the role the biopsychology of the horse plays for the horse – human relationship.
The idea for a blog on equitation science combining the perspective of a horse trainer, riding teacher, and horse therapist with scientific knowledge was born out of a coincidental meeting in a horse stable in Tromsø during a treatment session. Both authors advocate evidence based horse training as well as experience and practice informed science. Both authors believe, that the most important fundament of horse training lies in the unequivocal acceptance of the horses’ nature. Born out of love for horses, the blog aspires to provide a non-emotionally biased evidence based approach to the horses world.
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About the authors
Frauke Musial, Ph.D. holds currently a position as a Professor for healthcare research and alternative treatment at the Arctic University of Norway, UiT, Tromsø, Norway. She is a Psychologist with a research background in Biopsychology, Neuroscience, and Clinical research. She is a dedicated equestrian and horse owner. Her professional background in Biopsychology and Behavioral Sciences has kindled a special interest in the Biopsychology of the horse.
Celina is a professional classical rider & trainer. She studies academic art of riding, finished a degree in equine energetic osteopathy and systemic coaching. She is deeply interested in non-verbal communication. Her private interest in Bodywork is adding her signature. She helps humans & horses to find a better approach to each other and a balance in body, mind & soul.
She likes to share her thoughts about her experience and life with equines on her blog project.