For a horse-human relationship based on reciprocal expression

Comments on: "The horse as he is" (3)

  1. Do the lectures & models held down to us from Kant, Locke et al affect our thinking so absolutely that we forget how to observe on our own? I questioned EVERYTHING as a child, and still do. If I observe something that doesn’t fit my model, I assume my model is flawed, not reduce the subject to fit my pet theory.

    Cogition goes far beyond what you have wirtten here about Jose & Francesco. I am most interested in hearing how you would explain the following:
    I have undergone a few major life changes recently, none of which were “good” in my estimation. Resultantly, my demeanor & attitude have been quite poor. I transported an elderly mare during a particularly low emotional period; she was difficult to load, was agrumentative with the other horses and fussed continually while on the trailer. She was the last one to remain on board and was exceedingly upset once she was left alone. I went into the trailer to calm her, but was preoccupied by my own troubles. The mare calmed slightly in my presence, but I was distracted and was not really paying attention to her. She looked directly at me; which was my first “wake up”, as very few horses will look us in the eye. When I returned her gaze, she simply lowered her head & laid it against my chest. There was no pressure, she simply stood still while I stroked her neck. As soon as I realised what was doing, she moved away only far enough to look at me again, then sigh. I did the same, exhaling that stale air & took a cleansing breath.
    That horse was trying her best to comfort me, there is no doubt in my mind of this.

    Where does this fit into cognition? I believe it should expand our own …

    • Thank you very much Kevan for your comment and your telling about your experience. Cognitive model is integrate with several aspect like emotional inner state, social communication, relationship dynamics and so.

      In cognitive ethology approach scientists, philosophers and practical human, to give value also to anecdotes like the one you reported, interesting to understand better and under other point of view animal minds and emotions, as integration of scientific evidence, when possible.

      I totally agree with the thought expressed in a review about an important book:

      Marrying years of behavioral and cognitive research with compelling and moving anecdotes, Bekoff and Pierce reveal that animals exhibit a broad repertoire of moral behaviors, including fairness, empathy, trust, and reciprocity. – Wild Justice – Marc Bekoff, Jessica Pierce

  2. Reblogged this on The Spoken Horse and commented:
    I think this is a blog well worth following: it is original and thought provoking.

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