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In may 2017 I was invited bij TEDx Apeldoorn to do share a tedtalk about Horse Assisted Coaching. I agreed but only if i could bring my 31 years old mare Kalyanne on stage. So that’s what happened friday 29 september 2017. The first horse on stage talking TEDI want to give her the honor and all the horses she represents in this beautiful field of work.
Thank you TEDxApeldoornfor having the guts, the courage and the heart to give us the opportunity
The content of this tedtalk is rooted in this two articles:
by Dina Fantegrossi
It is not uncommon for the heart rates of a loving couple or a parent and child to sync up during intimate moments. Researchers at the Italian University of Pisa Department of Veterinary Sciences designed an experiment to see if this phenomenon also occurs between humans and equines. The preliminary study – which will serve as a spring board for further research – consisted of eleven humans and one mare.
The human participants were asked to interact with the mare as follows:
The researchers used high-tech wearable monitoring systems and advanced algorithms to collect and tabulate their data. Specifically, the heart rate and heart rate variability (the slight changes in heart rate from beat to beat) of the horse and each human participant during their interactions. They found that the mare and the humans tended to “couple” their heart rate variability – which is a strong indicator of emotional status – during Part 2 where the horse first made contact. Surprisingly, the coupling broke down during grooming in Part 3, with the HRV becoming more differentiated between horse and human.
Study author, Paolo Baragli, DVM, PhD explained his theory for this variation between phases:
“In Part 2 the horse is free to move and can decide by himself to approach the human or not. In Part 3 the horse is ‘forced’ to the contact with the human. The opportunity to have choice is one of the new frontiers of animal well-being and, in that way, our very preliminary results seem to confirm that giving the animals the opportunity to have a choice meets their emotional requirements.”
“That would mean that both autonomic nervous systems of horse and human can be influenced reciprocally. This could be a sign of an emotional transfer between horse and human. But at this point we cannot exclude other and less relevant reasons, like chance.”
According to Baragli, the study “could be relevant in the assisted intervention with horses but even in the day-to-day relationship for leisure and sport.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday unveiled a Fiscal Year 2018 Interior Appropriations bill that would bar the Bureau of Land Management from killing healthy wild horses and burros.
“Appropriations herein made shall not be available for the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the care of the Bureau or its contractors or for the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products,” the bill reads.
The inclusion of protective language for wild horses and burros is a big win made possible by the thousands of calls made by you and other advocates – thank you! -- and we’re pleased the committee has heard the voices of the American people.
This fight is not over yet, however.
We will post here when its time to start making phone calls again! Congrats on your efforts!
Who would like to have a 25 year old Thoroughbred mare? Who would like to take in a mare that is quirky and busy and accident prone? The answer proved to be no one. So, when the call came in 6 years ago as the woman sobbed into the telephone we said yes. We commended the owner for being concerned about her mare ending up in the slaughter pipeline, even as her personal world fell apart.
Meet Treasure, registered as "Geophila". After racing as a two and three year old she landed with a woman who loved her dearly for nearly twenty -two years. That's a realtionship longer than some marriages. She fullfiled every adjective her owner had shared and created a few of her own. She was big , fast, quirky, and oh-so-accident-prone. She developed Glaucoma in her left eye that caused tremendous pain. As her weight dropped because of painful mastication we rallied to raise the funds to have it removed. Once recovered from the surgery Treasure entered the twilight of her golden years. She was loved and oh so very happy. This big bay mare had a heart to match her size. Everyone enjoyed Treasure.
Mollie, one of our rescue mares befriended Treasure and the two became fast pals. It was the week we witnessed a great decline in Treasures well being that we all truly appreciated Mollie for her company and stedfastness.
The vet was called out and the summary was made. The good eye, the eye under careful watch as it was clouding was now also gone. Treasure at the age of 31 was completely blind. We all knew it was time, time to put our aching hearts aside and let her go. Treasure crossed over rainbow bridge yesterday. She was peaceful and we believe she was ready. We at PMR are so grateful for the time Treasure shared with us. The laughter and compassion we all received are immeasurable.
As it sit in the morning quiet the rain is now falling. Our first real rain of the season. Yes, the sky is releasing it tears as mother earth has said good-bye to one its' angels. RIP Treasure.
Back from a quick wonderful trip to the mountains! The refreshing Tahoe chill is a welcome breath of alpine air!
Many of my readers know that we are no longer pulling horses off the kill pen lots across the nation. The business of saving those lives has become a nasty profit making business for the kill pen owners. Because this way of doing business for the kill pens has become a profitable way to dupe the public and quadrulpe profits, we are refocusing our efforts locally. There continues to be a huge need for orphaned foals and pregnant mares up in Northern Calif. and Northern Nevada. Our interest is to work with another organization well established up north that takes in the critical care foals (out of northern Nevada) and yet another organization helping the mustangs in Northen Cal. PMR feels we can better use our resources by putting our efforts closer to home.
Please read the following article. It is well written, and accurate. It also demonstrates the huge shift in the way the kill pens are now doing business. Back in the early years PMR rescued many, many damaged, ill, crippled, or bucking bronco mares along with their foals off the lot. Read how all that has changed. Our poor horses need us more than ever!
My apologies as I have been absent, a family emergency called upon my time. All is well, and I wanted to check in. Thanks to Denna and her daughter Athena holding the fort down while I was away....although who am I kidding, they hold the fort down everyday....equine angels they are.
Prayers please tonight for friends and family either just getting out of hospital, or still there....just send up a request for love and healing.
If I owe you a phone call, I may need reminder. I am a bit discombobulated. Is that how you spell it?? Anyway, combine fatigue, stress, a bit of uncertainty thrown into the mix and you may well have a misspelled word! (two ss in misspelled right?)...
We are grateful for all the healthy, happy horses in our care. Many are ready for new homes! I am turning my attention to the Devil's Garden wild mustangs in need. I was just getting ready to post a small fundraiser to aquire hay for our winter mos. ahead, but their need is huge...mares and foals, orphans in need...so I may be raising money for the both of us. I am waiting on pictures and specifics about the need so that we can better gauge how to proceed.
Thanks for reading...more great info. from Mark at HorseConcious to come :) and of course more as our adoptions unfold.
Author - Lynn Hummer
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