Day One will explore equines in depth, taking into consideration biological, cognitive, psychophysiological and behavioural traits and dynamics, drawing from the fields of cognitive science, trauma neuroscience and ethology. Perspectives drawn from TTouch and the Learning Animals models of mammalian sentience and interspecies interactions will also be provided.
Day Two will explore the horses’ role in equine interaction programs - in particular, within Natural Lifemanship, the Eponaquest Approach, EQUUSOMA Equine-Facilitated Trauma Therapy and HEAL - and will also include naturalistic observations of horse herds, a literature review on horse interactions and relationships, as well as a study about the impact of a specific type of horsemanship activities on therapy horses with and without a history of trauma.
Day Three will include speakers presenting about the role of horses in the HorseDream method, as well as including equine-assisted therapy in an integrative model of practice. The symposium will conclude with a moderated speakers’ panel, where questions from the audience will be presented and discussed.