[Virtual] Reining in the Beast with Katrin Boniface
The last few centuries have seen radical changes in the training of horses. William Cavendish is credited with the invention of "draw reins" in the 17th century, and more the next two centuries inventions and innovations of equine management became more common. From works on "farriery" to the rise of the "horse whisperer", the methods of these classic trainers are familiar and still in use today, but the central tenants of these systems are likely to astonish modern equestrians. Virtually join Boniface as she examines these methods in light of the repeated claims that they are "more humane" than previous methods, giving us insight into the changing views on animal existence.
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Katrin Boniface is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California and a 2019 NSLM John H. Daniels Fellow studying early modern horses and horsemanship. Her dissertation addresses pre-modern definitions of breed and methods of produces horses. She earned her M.A. in Medieval History from California State University, Fresno in 2015 and B.A. in History and English from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre and remains involved in the equine industry. Research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm