Call for Abstracts - Germany 2017

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article/abstract for the “A horse is a horse, of course” compendium. Our goal for the compendium is to provide a resource for all those interested in the field of equine-human interactions. Most people drawn to equine interaction programs have some fascination with horses, yet not all view the horse or work with horses in the same way.


Promoting the Safety, Care and Well-Being of Equines in Animal Assisted Therapy and Learning Programs


To improve the safety, care and well-being of horses, donkeys and mules in equine interaction programs through science, compassionate inquiry, and interdisciplinary collaboration. For more details, please visit the symposium website:

The compendium will include this year’s symposium’s papers. It is also open for others to contribute.


Abstracts must focus on issues pertaining to equine welfare and wellness, or on the role, safety and well-being of equines in the context of equine-assisted/facilitated interventions. Even if writing about a specific approach, the focus should be on the horses themselves to give them a voice. Please note: all work must be original (except for material in the public domain, and material included with written permission of the copyright owners), and not been previously published in any form.

Submission deadline is June 1, 2017. Articles should be at least 5-7 pages long, single spaced, no pictures, on a standard letter or DIN-A 4 size, font 12. All work must be original (except for material in the public domain, and material included with written permission of the copyright owners), and not been previously published.

There will be two sections to the 2017 compendium:

  • Part One will contain articles on Equine Science and Welfare (including topics related to equine health, horsemanship, cognition, behavior, etc.), drawing from the fields of cognitive science, trauma neuroscience and ethology.

  • Part Two will contain articles that explore Equines in various Equine Interaction Programs.

If you are submitting an article, please specify which part you want your article to be included in.

Submission outline guide for Part One

If submitting an article for Part One, in addition to your description on your chosen topic, please include in it a description as to why the information provided will benefit horses and support their wellbeing in Equine Interaction Programs, as well as references of any research being quoted.

Submission outline guide for Part Two

If submitting an article for Part Two (Equines in various Equine Interaction Programs), I kindly ask you to write your article adhering to the following outline guide, with focus on how you view the horses and ensure their welfare in your line of work.If possible, please adhere to the following structure, even if only case examples are provided.

A. Introduction: “A horse is a horse, of course” –
Description of presented view of horses (sentient, reactive, flight animal, metaphor, abilities, functions, inner workings, etc..), description of represented theoretical approach in this article; description of the horses role/function and responsibility in equine assisted/facilitated therapy/approach/intervention.

I. Description of theoretical approach you use when working with horses and human (i.e. Person Centered, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioral for mental health, or Natural Horsemanship, Liberty Training, etc. for Equine Specialists); primary population group you work with and framework you use with that population group

II. Description of why you work with horses/why they are part of your team when working with people/clients, with focus on the horses’ roles, functions, positions and abilities within that role/function/position

B. Case Example(s) with description of a typical human-horse interaction: Please give a description of why this interaction takes place, who is part of it, and to what purpose. If possible, pick a case example that shows the theoretical approach as well as the horses’ function(s), as well as how you as facilitator/team partner intervene/react/facilitate.

C. Description of how you ensure the horses’ welfare and wellbeing before, during and after the human-horse interaction

D. References

With the submission of your article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t, you agree for it to be printed in this year’s „A horse is a horse, of course“ compendium, and agree that all proceeds will go towards MiMer ( to fund future research in equine interventions programs, set out to benefit horses and humans.

Very respectfully,

Ilka Parent