Our research focuses on the equine perspective in a range of environments and interactions, with the purpose of improving our understanding of equine social lives and well-being. This includes the ways horses build social bonds between themselves as well as with us.
We've been collecting data for years and have observational and behavioral data on over 2000 domestic, feral, and semi-feral horses. While we already have quite the collection of video resources, we continue to develop research collaborations around the world in order to better understand horses in a variety of wild, managed, and domestic environments. When possible, we gather data on how these horses interact with new and familiar humans and how those interactions influence horses' expressions of social behaviors.
We believe there is a lot to be learned from horses, not just in their behavioral responses to us, but in how and when they choose to express their desires and motivations under normal conditions. While we do sometimes conduct research with traditional experimental designs, we often use cameras and field research techniques to capture horse behavior and analyze it with context in mind looking at patterns and choices of behavior (It's like qualitative research for horses!). We believe in making our work accessible to the public where it can support those who are looking for new approaches to equine care. Therefore, we strive to publish only in open-access journals. This can be expensive so sometimes we choose smaller journals that may not be as well known, but still keep our work open to the public.