Here, you will find a selection of useful information and recommended readings beyond the information given in the Blog topics. Please keep in mind, that this selection represents my personal preferences and is by no means comprehensive.
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This Blog is about understanding how the horse’s mind works. Here, interesting and relevant research is presented and discussed as a model for horse training and handling. It opens a perspective about the complex range of thought processes and decisions that take place in the horses mind. The blog offers an interesting window into equine intelligence and cognition.
Cathrine Fodstad, who has developed the Ride like a Viking program is a horse trainer with an academic degree from Holar University College, Reykjavik, Iceland. She thus has one of the very few university degrees available worldwide on this topic. In addition, she is a certified Riding Instructor from the Norwegian Equine Center. She has developed a training method based on communication and trust between horse and human and offers clinics and courses with emphasis on the horse-human connection.
Her blog gives inspiring insights from everyday horsemanship to problem solving, horse training, and riding.
Callie King is the founder of HorseClass. In her teaching and training, she takes a science based and holistic approach, considering the health and soundness of the horse, the suitability of saddle and tack, and the individuality of each horse and rider. Besides her profession as a horse trainer and riding instructor, Callie King has also a degree in psychology. I can recommend her blog which covers everything horse related from horse husbandry to riding and includes the newest information and research on psychology, behavior, and learning.
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(order according to publishing year)
Andrew M. McLean 2022. Modern Horse Training: Equitation Science Principles & Practice, Volume 1. Eds. Nicki Stuart & Sophie Wyllie, Equitation Science International, Tuerong, Australia.
Lynn Acton 2020. What horses really want. Unlocking the secrets to trust, cooperation, and reliability. Introducing protector leadership. Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont, USA.
Paul McGreevy, Janne Winther Kristensen, Uta König von Borstel, and Andrew McLean 2018. Equitation Science 2nd ed. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Hoboken, United States.
Michel-Antoine Leblanc 2013. The Mind of the Horse: An Introduction to Equine Cognition. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.
Lesley Skipper 1999. Inside Your Horse's Mind: A Study of Equine Intelligence and Human Prejudice. J.A.Allen & Co Ltd.
For German speaking readers:
Konstanze Krüger & Isabell Marr 2022. Forschung trifft Pferd. Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
Janet L. Jones 2020.
Trafalgar Square books, North Pomfery, Vermont, USA.
Paul McGreevy, Janne Winther Kristensen, Uta König von Borstel, and Andrew McLean 2018.
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Hoboken, United States.
Michel-Antoine Leblanc 2013.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge.