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Equine Cultures in Transition: Human-Horse Relationships in Work and Play

June 19 - June 21

Hosted by the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, the conference will be organised around four streams which will consider various ways in which humans and horses work and play together:

  • Equestrian tourism, events and leisure
  • Business, organisations and equestrian work
  • Ethics and methods in researching human-horse interactions
  • Open stream

Horses have long played important and varied roles in human societies, partnering people in work, warfare and, increasingly, leisure. The study of horses, and the range of practices they are embedded in, forms an emerging field of research for the social sciences and humanities. The proliferation of human-horse interactions, through practices ranging from tourism to therapy to sport, illustrates the complexity of these interspecies encounters, and the continued importance of horses to many aspects of human culture and societies.

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