The Neuroscience of Horsemanship

Janet Jones, PhD

$26.95

Code: HOBRHU
This book has not been released. It is scheduled to arrive in June 2020. Please join the wait list and you will be notified of its arrival.
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The Neuroscience of Horsemanship

Janet Jones, PhD

$26.95

Code: HOBRHU
This book has not been released. It is scheduled to arrive in June 2020. Please join the wait list and you will be notified of its arrival.

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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 behaviors. 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! Here’s the thing: When we understand the function of both the human brain and the equine brain, we can learn to communicate 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 misbehavior 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 ways 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—sometimes successfully, sometimes not—help illustrate the lessons.

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Janet Jones, PhD, is cognitive scientist and retired professor, as well as an avid horsewoman. She taught courses in psychology, cognition, and the brain at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, for 17 years, and she has trained hunters, jumpers, and Western pleasure horses, as well as students from beginners through advanced, at different times throughout her life. Jones has written a regular column for Equus magazine since 2014 and is the author of Understanding Psychological Science and The Psychotherapist's Guide to Human Memory.

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Author Janet Jones, PhD

Format: Paperback

Total Page Count: 288

ISBN: 978-1-57076-948-1