Horse Intricacies promotes the idea that philosophy can help humans live better with horses.
Philosophers have written about the relationship between animals and humans for millennia. Today, perhaps more than ever, many feel the urgency of rethinking how we think about, relate to and live with animals. Horse Intricacies puts philosophical wisdom to work to help us build new relationships with horses.
Many are now concerned to develop relationships of trust, fairness and love with their four legged companions. Books, blogs and clinics about these topics are now abundant. Yet, we rarely question our fundamental preconceptions, ideas and assumptions about what it means to live with horses, who horses are, why they share our human lives and what we can legitimately expect from them. It is doubtful that trust, fairness and love can sustainably exist between horses and humans if we do not deepen our understanding of this complex relation and question our deep-rooted assumptions.
Horses exist beyond the use humans make of them. Yet, we frame most of our interactions with them based on their potential usefulness: a dressage horse, race horse, roping horse – a ridding horse. But who is a horse as a horse? Horse Intricacies opens a space to think and care about horses for their sake.
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