This book explores how horses can be considered as social actors within shared interspecies networks. It examines what we know about how horses understand us and how we perceive them, as well as the implications of actively recognising other animals as actors within shared social lives. As one of the few animals that humans ride, horses provide an excellent means for considering the role of body language, embodiment and feeling between humans and animals, with communication relying more on feeling than on visual perception. Horses and humans thus share different sensory worlds. This book explores how interspecies relationships work, and in what contexts, using a variety of examples to demonstrate how horses and people build social lives. In considering horses as social actors, this could have a positive impact on the quality of animal lives, the human condition and human-horse relations.
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Linda Birke, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester, UK.
Kirrilly Thompson, Research Fellow, Central Queensland University, Australia
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