Being with horses is much more than just riding .
Horses are social animals, who like company and make lasting friendships They use their well tuned senses to live along other horses and us humans
It is important to realize that horses perceive the world differently than us and we need to understand their world. As horses evolved on the great steppes and needed to survive attacks of big predators, they have finely attuned senses and their reactions can be very fast.
For a long time many people thought that horses were largely instinctive beings. But recent studies are confirming, what anyone paying attention to horses already knew : horses have inner lives, emotions and can think for themselves.
Horses have small brains, but that doesn´t mean they are "stupid". Their intelligence is lined to social organization and the challenges of finding water and food in a large area, whilst avoiding predators. In free roaming herds, there is an alpha mare, who uses her experience to guide the others and also teach the other mares and foals. Beneath her there is a hierarchy, where each member needs to find his or her place. The function of the stallion is more directed at dangers from outside and breeding.
To navigate in the equine world you need to have an excellent memory and also be able to learn new things. Horses also have great navigational skills.
For horses to do well in the human world, where they often live confined and controlled in their movements, they need to be adaptable as it is contrary to their real lifestyle
Research also shows that:
At the Desempenho Riding School our pupils have the opportunity to learn much more about horses than just riding them. Time spent next to the horse is what helps form true "Homo-Caballus partnerships". All our pupils lean to groom and tack and also verify the basic welfare of the horse. There are also many opportunities to observe or simply be with horses and learn a bit about their world.
Through Instituto Homo Caballus we follow and investigate equine behavior and intelligence and organize courses to pass this knowledge on to our students.