Horse Brain, Human Brain

The Neuroscience of Horsemanship

Janet Jones

£24.95

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ISBN: 9781570769481

PUBLICATION DATE: July 23, 2020

CATEGORY: Riding & Training

BINDING: Paperback

EXTENT: 288 pages

It has long been accepted that horses  and other domesticated animals too  can be trained to respond to our requests. How those requests are made, however, is a source of debate: Ask or tell? Firm or soft? Positive or negative reinforcement? Perhaps even more interesting is when we question the degree to which we expect horses to read our human behaviours. In general, we just 'act like us' and expect them to 'get it'. It is a testament to the horse's great patience that he usually keeps trying until he does!

When we understand the function of both the human brain and the equine brain, we can to communication with horses on their terms instead of ours. And by meeting horses halfway, we not only save valuable training time, we achieve other goals too: we develop much deeper bonds with our horses; we train them with insight and kindness instead of force or command; we comprehend their misbehaviour in ways that allow solutions; and we reduce the mistakes we often make while working with them. 
In this illuminating book, cognitive scientist and horsewoman, Janet Jones, describes human and equine brains in collaboration. She explores the horse's way of thinking, as well as human brain function during athletic mastery. Mental abilities  like seeing, learning, fearing, trusting, and focusing  are discussed from both the human and horse perspective.
Throughout, true stories of horses and handlers attempting to understand each other  sometime successfully, sometimes not  help illustrate the lessons. 

Meet the author Janet Jones

Janet Jones, PhD, applies brain research to the training of horses and riders. She earned her PhD from UCLA and taught the neuroscience of perception, language, memory, and thought for 23 years. Janet trained horses at a large stable for many years, and later ran a successful horse training business of her own. She has schooled hundreds of inexperienced or difficult horses and competed in hunter, jumper, halter, reining, and western pleasure disciplines.