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Touch forms the foundation of the powerful human-horse relationship

first_img TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleCut the Sugar: Reducing the Sweet Stuff In Your DietNext articleUpdating Breaking News: Morning crash on SR 429 kills driver Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 COMMENT Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 In the news…..about 200 wild horses perished to death on the Navajo Nation reservation lands where thousands and thousands of wild feral horses roam freely on their sovereign lands of thousands and thousands of acres. The Navajo leaders have said that the horses are not getting enough of food and water, in part, due to a drought, and ordered a hunt to kill off and cull the overpopulated herds. A hunt! To kill our native horses! The animal lovers resisted and protested and the hunt was called off. These horses perished, when they went into a watering hole, that was basically drying up, with no water, just mud, then the poor horses got stuck in the mud, up to their thighs or necks, and died. The Indians are bringing in heavy equipment to bury them at the site, and another watering hole is being dug elsewhere on their properties. It is sad what is happening to our wild horses in this country. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Transformation and redemption are common themes in films and books about humans and horses. Some might dismiss them as corny tropes, but there’s truth to the deep bonds humans and horses are able to form.The contours of this relationship – and what enables this connection – have been the subject of my research. It is nothing short of miraculous that two species with such thoroughly different orientations to the world – one predator, the other prey – come together in partnership, with trust and a unique form of communication playing important roles.From co-worker to companionThe history of horses and humans dates back centuries. It is impossible to know exactly when their paths first crossed, but the earliest domestication of horses is widely thought to have occurred in the regions of Ukraine and Kazakhstan.Traditionally, the horse has been used as a worker, a form of transportation and in combat. But with the invention of the combustion engine and the modernization of agriculture in the 19th century, jobs for horses began to dwindle.By the mid-20th century, the horse’s utilitarian value had decreased. However, the popularity of both horse riding and horse racing grew. Horses also started to increasingly be valued as companions.Our relationship with horses is distinct from our relationships with cats and dogs; horses sit at the intersection of being wild and domesticated and don’t fit easily into the category of pet. Perhaps this has to do with their large size, which creates an element of danger. There are countless examples of a lack of understanding between horses and humans leading to serious injuries or death.For this reason, being able to effectively communicate with horses plays a crucial role in the relationship.A language of touchResearch has shown that horses and humans have developed a unique way to communicate with one another, a kind of third language, neither fully human nor fully equine. What linguists call an “embodied language system” seems to have developed – a way of communicating that’s reliant on touch, emotional connection and becoming attuned to physical movements.It doesn’t involve humans trying to imitate the way horses interact with one another. Nor does it simply mean using the threat of fear or violence to bend horses to our will. Instead, it’s a symbiotic and dynamic process that recognizes horses as sensitive, decision-making beings.While many have physical contact with their dogs and cats in order to play with them, express affection and groom them, people don’t ride their dogs or cats. Nor do they ask them to perform complicated physical and mental tasks while astride their backs.Doing so involves a melding of both bodies, with humans and horses developing a high level of bodily control and sensitivity. It’s an empathetic physical dialogue, with the goal of having two bodies operate as a single unit.But synchronicity between humans and horses doesn’t come easy. It can take years to achieve. Starting at the most rudimentary level of communication – through a system of applying pressure to parts of the horse’s body – it builds slowly. Only after countless hours of working together do humans and horses attune their bodies to each other.Horse trainer Martin Tata kisses his horse Milonga at a ranch in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. AP Photo/Natacha PisarenkoHorse experts often say the best horse-rider pairs are the ones that can make it look effortless as if there are no visual signs of communication taking place. This sense of complete synchronicity is the holy grail for horse riders. From horse racing and dressage to the more mundane daily interactions with horses, “harmony” is the ultimate goal.There is a kind of intimacy created through this sort of embodied communication. Working to know an animal without being able to speak involves making yourself vulnerable and exposing yourself to doubt, self-criticism and physical danger.When it comes to creativity, analysis, and self-reflection, people tend to give a lot of weight to words and thoughts. Horses can help humans develop a different kind of knowledge, one rooted in the body.In the process, it helps humans learn about themselves: a big reason why the relationship is such good fodder for character development in films. May 7, 2018 at 9:04 pm The Anatomy of Fear Reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! By Keri Brandt Off, Professor of Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Fort Lewis College, and first published on theconversation.com.Two recent films, “Lean on Pete” and “The Rider,” explore the transformative quality of human-horse relationships. Both films center on young men: One deals with the trauma of poverty and loneliness, the other struggles to rebuild his life after a horrific brain injury. For each, salvation is found in the relationships they form with their equine companions. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Online public consultation opens for west Donegal windfarm

first_imgHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter An online public consultation has opened for Cronalaght Windfarm Limited.The company is planning to repower the Wind Farm in Gweedore.There are currently 13 turbines on the Cronalaght Mountain, the original 8 in operation from 1997 to 2000 and 5 large turbines installed in 2019.The repowering will involve replacing the original 8 turbines, with 3 larger modern turbines increasing the capacity from 5 megawatts to up to 18 megawatts for Cronalaght 1 Wind Farm Repowering.This would result in a total of 8 turbines at Cronalaght overall.As part of the process, Cronalaght Windfarm Ltd are hosting an online Public Information event from today until 9th April.Project information will be available on the website, with an opportunity for feedback to be sent to the Developer via a dedicated form.The Project Information and feedback form is available at www.cronalaght-1-repowering.com Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 18, 2021 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Previous articleJim McGuinness launches Naomh Chonaill Centenary DrawNext articleTony McNamee feels this is a strong Harps squad News Highland Online public consultation opens for west Donegal windfarm Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ Google+last_img read more

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries to no longer supply Co-op stores

first_imgKingsmill owner Allied Bakeries is to stop supplying Co-op with branded and private-label bread after failing to agree commercial terms with the retailer.The news comes 15 months after the bakery business revealed it had lost the contract to supply Tesco with private-label bread, resulting in a £65m write-down.Announcing Allied would be ending its relationship with Co-op in April 2021, parent company Associated British Foods described Co-op as “one of its more challenging accounts in terms of cost to serve”, with deliveries to 3,750 stores widespread across the UK.“It is with regret that we have not been able to agree a way forward that makes financial sense and we will therefore be exiting our relationship with them,” said ABF in a trading update for the 40 weeks to 20 June.A spokesperson for Co-op confirmed: “Co-op is committed to adapting to customer demands and tastes for new bakery products. A competitive review will see changes to our supply arrangements in 2021 and we have given a lengthy notice period to our existing partner to aid their transition.”ABF also said a decline in private-label bread volumes at Allied had not been offset by an increase in Kingsmill sales, although operational and commercial activity had reduced operating losses.Following the loss of the Tesco contract, Allied Bakeries axed all bakery production at its Cardiff site, although this has continued to be used as a distribution centre. Almost 180 staff, in roles ranging from management to operations, were made redundant as a result.In today’s trading update, ABF reported that revenue from its ingredients division, which includes AB Mauri and ABF Ingredients, was up 3% year on year.AB Mauri had seen increased demand from industrial bakers and retail customers, with particularly strong sales in North America and China, while bakery enzymes sales had been particularly strong for ABF Ingredients.ABF group revenue from continuing businesses, which includes retail chain Primark, was down 13% year on year.last_img read more

Odion Ighalo to lead Man Utd’s assault against Club Brugge

first_imgNigeria’s Odion Ighalo is expected to lead Manchester United assault against Club Brugge in Thursday’s Europa League duel in Belgium. Now the real business begins for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who head to Jan Breydel Stadium on a four-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Here, Sports Mole predicts how United may line up for the meeting with Brugge. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford remain absent for United, but Solskjaer could welcome back one or both of Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe from injury. Read Also:Fans congratulate Odion Ighalo on his Man Utd’s debut Victor Lindelof missed the win over Chelsea through illness and Eric Bailly is lacking fitness after a lengthy layoff, so Phil Jones is in contention to start at centre-back. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Ole Solskjaer handed Ighalo his United debut from the bench late on at Stamford Bridge on Monday and the Nigerian striker is expected to lead the line in Belgium United return to Europa League action on Thursday in the first leg of their last-32 tie. The Red Devils fielded 32 different players in the group stage – more than any other side – but still made serene progression into the knockout rounds.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In BarbadosPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more