Talking about Horses: Control and Freedom in the World of "Natural Horsemanship"

@article{Birke2008TalkingAH,
  title={Talking about Horses: Control and Freedom in the World of "Natural Horsemanship"},
  author={Lynda Birke},
  journal={Society \& Animals},
  year={2008},
  volume={16},
  pages={107-126}
}
  • L. Birke
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Society & Animals
This paper explores how horses are represented in the discourses of "natural horsemanship" (NH), an approach to training and handling horses that advocates see as better (kinder, more gentle) than traditional methods. In speaking about their horses, NH enthusiasts move between two registers: On one hand, they use a quasi-scientific narrative, relying on terms and ideas drawn from ethology, to explain the instinctive behavior of horses. Within this mode of narrative, the horse is "other" and… 

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