What a fantastic podcast with Emily Kieson, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and PhD Candidate at Oklahoma State University! Her extensive research focuses on equine-human interactions and equine behavioural psychology. In this fascinating episode we discussed the results of her current research looking at the affiliate and community behaviours of large herds of horses (100+). What is coming forward in her research is very different from our current understanding of herd dynamics, and challenge some of commonly used training practices and foundational aspects of our equine-human relationships. I was on the edge of my seat, and I have a feeling you will be too!
Emily works closely with MiMer Centre, a Swedish non-profit focused on research and education in horses and humans and collaborates with international scientists, universities, and equine therapy programs to improve research and education in equine-human interactions. She has over 20 years working full time with horses, ten of which has been in equine-assisted therapies, works as an equine specialist in mental health and learning (ESMHL) with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and has certifications and training as an equine specialist in many other models of equine-assisted therapies.