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Equus Lost?

Equus Lost?

ISBN: 9781570767982

Author: Francesco De Giorgio & José De Giorgio-Schoorl

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

Format: Paperback

Price: AUD $32.95

How We Misunderstand the Nature of the Horse-Human Relationship--Plus Brave New Ideas for the Future

 

In the 1980s, the world of riding, training, and competing with horses took a major turn with the spread of natural horsemanship, which at its most basic foundation rejects the use of abusive techniques and relies on methods derived from understanding the dynamics of free-roaming horse herds. Since then, equestrians across disciplines have incorporated elements of natural horsemanship into their work. But despite what was certainly an advancement in human-equine interaction that has improved the lives of many horses, Italian animal behaviorists Francesco de Giorgio and José de Giorgio-Schoorl dare to now ask, What if much of what we think we know about horses is, in fact, wrong? What if the premise of herd hierarchy is a myth? What if “conditioning” the horse’s behavior in the ways we’ve grown accustomed is undercutting his potential for development? What if there is another—better—level of partnership to which we can aspire? Their provocative book takes us into a dimension where we shed our assumptions of leadership, dominance, and control, convincingly showing a way forward that acknowledges that a horse, when allowed, is driven by his own inner motivation to explore and understand the world around him, including his relationship with humans.

 

Book Title: Equus Lost?
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781570767982
Author: Francesco De Giorgio & José De Giorgio-Schoorl
Author Notes: Born in 1965 in Italy, Francesco De Giorgio is a forward thinker about animal ethics as well as a biologist, ethologist and applied behavioral researcher. Francesco is member of the Ethics Committee of ISAE (International Society of Applied Ethology), specialized in equine and canine ethology. He is also founder, developer and facilitator at the Learning Animals International Institute for Zooanthropology, where he focuses principally on the study of animal-human interaction, ethics, animal personal growth and rehabilitation.

José De Giorgio-Schoorl personifies the bridge between animal perception and human understanding. She teaches people how to comprehend. live and improve the relationship with others from the (animal) other’s point of view. After many years of change adviser and personal growth consultant, today she is a renowned proponent of the zooanthropological approach, working for the change in awareness and understanding of the Animal-Human Relationship. This led to a new focus in her work as change adviser, where she is now helping organizations that work for animal wellbeing and health care, to put their client's perception and quality of life, central in the activities.

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