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Riders' Perceptions of Equestrian Communication in Sports Dressage
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8816-5763
Linköping University.
2017 (English)In: Society and Animals, ISSN 1063-1119, E-ISSN 1568-5306, Vol. 25, no 6, 573-591 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to enhance the understanding of how sport dressage riders describe rider-horse communication when riding, and to relate these descriptions to current research on human-horse communication. Interviews with 15 amateur dressage riders were analyzed using a qualitative approach. The study shows that the interviewed riders describe the communication with the horses partly in a behavioristic way, applying concepts based on learning theory, which deviate from the description of riders as lacking understanding of these concepts put forth by some researchers. The riders connect the timing of their aids to equestrian feel, which they describe as the most difficult yet the most awarding aspect of the interspecies communication that riding is. Simultaneously, they acknowledge that horses are fully capable of choosing to listen to and cooperate with their requests.

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2017. Vol. 25, no 6, 573-591 p.
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dressage, human-horse communication, practical knowledge, learning theory, equestrian feel
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Philosophy Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33708DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341476ISI: 000413918400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33708DiVA: diva2:1157752
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Funded by The Swedish-Norwegian Fund for Equine Research 

Available from: 2017-11-16 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-16Bibliographically approved

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