The Whole Horse Podcast | Episode 44 | Building community with our horses with Equine Researcher Emily Kieson


What a fantastic follow up episode with Emily Kieson, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and PhD Graduate of Oklahoma State University! Her extensive research focuses on equine-human interactions and equine behavioural psychology. In this fascinating episode we discussed her new understandings of how horses and humans connect, and what we can do daily to increase our connection with our own horses. What is coming forward in her research is very different from our current understanding of horse-human relationship, and challenges some of commonly used training practices and foundational aspects of our equine-human relationships. I was once again on the edge of my seat, and I have a feeling you will be too! 

Emily works closely with MiMer Centre, a Swedish non-profit focused on research and education in horses and humans and collaborates with international scientists, universities, and equine therapy programs to improve research and education in equine-human interactions.  She has over 20 years working full time with horses, ten of which has been in equine-assisted therapies, works as an equine specialist in mental health and learning (ESMHL) with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and has certifications and training as an equine specialist in many other models of equine-assisted therapies.