The Equine Behaviour Forum is a membership organisation open to anyone who is interested in equine mental processes and behaviour. It was founded in 1978 by the late Moyra Williams and the equestrian author Susan McBane, and is a voluntary, non-profit-making, international group of people who wish to share their knowledge and opinions about the behaviour of horses and ponies - and also donkeys, mules and zebras. Our aim is to improve the welfare and sympathetic management of equines by promoting a better and more informed understanding of the equine mind.
You do not have to be a horse owner or rider to join the group, nor do you have to have a professional interest in the subject. Our members include all sorts of people from one-horse amateur owners to leading academics, and also some who are simply content to watch horses from a distance. Everybody is welcome and everybody's contributions are equally valued.
The Forum is just that - a forum for discussion - and so we rely entirely on our members' contributions. These are published in the quarterly Journal Equine Behaviour.
We hold an annual Scientific Symposium where invited speakers present the results of their research into equine behaviour.
Why take an interest in equine behaviour?
Equine psychology and behaviour can be one of the most fascinating aspects of our involvement with horses. It is necessary in understanding the horse in health and sickness, in performance, in interaction with its handlers and even in picturing it properly in illustrations and film. Yet this most important aspect of horse care receives little attention in lessons, courses and the more conventional books. It doesn't help that we humans have a quite different mentality from horses. We often tend to think 'for'
the horse and put our own interpretation on a situation he may view very
Blossom, by EBF member Carol Owen
Horse behaviour has fascinated 'thinking' horsemen for thousands of years. Xenophon obviously had the species fairly well sussed out, as did the boy Alexander (The Great) when he succeeded in riding Bucephalus where all the experts had failed. Having noticed that the horse was frightened of his own shadow, he turned him into the sun, mounted and rode him with no trouble.
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Website last updated 21 August 2013. Copyright EBF 2011
If, like Alexander and Xenophon, you are interested in equine behaviour and human/horse interaction and if you sometimes feel you are out on a limb with little means of communication with others of like mind, then the Equine Behaviour Forum is for you. Go to Join Us for subscription rates and membership forms.