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The Human-Equine Bond

By: David Thill
November, 2016

When people talk about the “human-animal bond,” they’re not always talking about dogs and cats. The relationship between horse owners and their horses is an interesting topic for discussion and study as well.

“Horse owners and caretakers vary considerably in their attitudes toward their horses, from almost family-member-like attitudes and interaction, as some dog and cat owners have,” says Sue McDonnell, MS, PhD, adjunct professor of reproductive behavior, New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and founding head of the University’s Equine Behavior Program.


“I am not sure of the metric one would use to compare, but the real financial and the apparent emotional investment can be huge, in my opinion, sometimes to a fault, in that the horse’s welfare is compromised for the sake of the owner, or the interaction with the horse is so anthropomorphically off base that the horse’s welfare is compromised, just as so often [is the case] with household pets.”

Categories: Human-Equine Bond, Equine, Equine Edition Winter 2016

To Serve and Protect

By: Vet-Advantage
November, 2016

Chicago Police Mounted Unit demonstrates the benefits of the human-equine bond


Born on the Far South Side of Chicago, the son of a Chicago police officer, Mike Clisham may seem like
an unlikely horseman. Yet he works with horses, he works on horses, and he trains people who will make their livelihood on horseback. And he does all this in the city of Chicago.

Officer Clisham is a patrolman on the Chicago Police Mounted Unit, and its trainer as well. 

 

Categories: Equine, Human-Animal Bond, Human-Equine Bond

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