For a horse-human relationship based on reciprocal expression

Applied Equine Zooanthropology

The basic concepts in Applied Equine Zooanthropology are described in “Fondamenti di Zooantropologia” (Foundation of Zooanthropology, Marchesini, 2005). Three important elements are the definition of the inter-species relationship, alterity and the reference concept:

1 – Relationship

The relationship is a result of meeting-interaction with the horse based on:

  • the aknowledgement of the horse with its own subjectivity, diversity and peculiarities;
  • the activation of a dialogical dimension between horse and human, both on the ground as on horseback;
  • the added value of the horse as reference for human;
  • a reciprocal expression for both horse and human.

2 – Horse alterity / otherness

The alterity is the state of the horse, characterized by:

  • the subjectivity of the horse (not the horse as an object/machine);
  • the diversity of the horse (not as result of anthropomorphism);
  • the individuality of the horse (not as result of human projections).

3 – The horse as reference

The horse as reference is the role that a person aknowledges to the animal in the relational process.  A value that brings the horse as active protagonist of the relationship and not as instrument. This value is connected with the capacity of a person to decentralize himself in the relationship with the horse (the not anthropocentric approach).

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