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Horse & Human ....Heart, Mind and Body 

Equine Neuroethology

How has our relationship with "the horse" changed?

What do you want from your horse?

How do you achieve your goals while respecting and understand their needs? 


Once you have an understanding of how the Central Nervous System,the brain and the behavior with this work you will have another tool in your tool bag to solve your own problem


Neuroethology

This is a big word with substance, I have studied for years to understand the information given here to help people and horses. This web site could not possibly reflect all of this subject. That is why I have included many of the resources that aided me along the way.

 

My hope is this information will spark your interest. To have a intimate and intrinsic relationship where you are truly listening and feel you are being listened to


Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of the central nervous system which includes the brain.

Ethology

Ethology is the study of animal behavior. Our focus here is the study of the horses. Their environment, social, physical and mental needs, to be healthy as a herd animal.

When a horse is to called upon to do our bidding, if we will take the time and effort to accommodate their needs based on THEIR world view and sensory perceptions people will find their horses will go the extra mile for them.

Equine ethology examines what "makes a horse tick" from thier world view. This can help you form a bond that is deep and authentic. Through this evidenced based lens we are able to understand what the horse needs.


"World view" or "from their point of view". This term is used for the recognizing the way they perceive the world around them, based on the Autonomic Nervous System.



The Brain and Central Nervous System 


Are horses mind readers?

* How neurochemicals effect  the horse at a water crossing.

 * Being close to Homeostasis can win you a blue ribbon.

 * Emotional memories- how they can effect your trail ride good or bad.

 
 

 


Herd Dynamics- the Horse's Language

Nemo's Story 


Oxytocin- Bonded

The ultimate teacher on how to be a partner and herd mate.

How Emergence plays a role in a horse's well being and why they are not autonomous. 

Cognition -The Sweet Pea story

How can you tell what your horse is telling you?

The Hill - Diego's Story


It's the little things that matter.

Why terrain matters both  mentally and physically.
This mustang's story of how he learned to be useful.


Learning & Memory

Learning and the Tools

No matter if you use a round pen or a square pen, a whip, spurs, saddle, bridle, etc., the horse will adapt to your use of those tools....or not. What kind of tools you use is less important than the intent, timing, consistency, support and care you use. THAT is what a horse understands. If they know you are engaged with them they will do their best. If you will teach them "how to learn" they will be the best version of themselves.

Memory...What's important

Humans have much larger Frontal Lobes than horses and are capable of building a whole story around a memory. Sometimes these stories are useful and sometimes not.


Your horse only remembers things that are important in their world view- not yours. Horses do not have the capability to make up a story since they have very small Frontal Lobes. What a horse DOES remember is: "When this happened before, did I get scared? " and 

"Was I punished or supported at that moment?".

Based on their memories, they have a good idea if the person is a reliable herd mate under pressure or not. If the person is in mental chaos the horse will know it.