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Horses are highly sociable creatures, almost obsessively so. This is particularly true if we bear in mind that eating is frequently also a social activity and that a great deal of eating occurs in communities of horses. There are some equine ethologists who argue that horses are instinctively sociable for the sole purpose of self-preservation […]

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Although the energetical nature of the horse appears to me as something which is so utterly obvious and self-evident, I have yet to come across its mention in any ethological study of horses in the wild in spite of the fact that it is so clearly present in the audio-visual documentaries dealing with the subject […]

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Most of the ‘horsey’ humans whom I know will readily concede that horses are capable of learning from each other. All of us seem to have a story to illustrate the point. One of my favourite stories concerns Pip learning to step up onto a pedestal after watching Anaïs do it under Vicki’s guidance. For […]

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Pip and the Pain of Joy

As the horizon rises to meet the sun slipping behind cloud into evening, I ascend the hill behind the house with my equine friend. The other two horses are already snacking on the soft straw covering the level section where we arrive. Looking down, the valley opens green and inviting before rising to the small […]

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After several years of writing and reflection, I have just finished the first draft of Being Human(s) for Horses. This is the book that I was meant to write about horses. The others are simply meaningful milestones along the way. If all goes according to plan, it will be published in the northern hemisphere summer.

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