Our missions at BestHorsePractices are to connect equine research with everyday interactions and to share the discoveries of good research with Regular Joe’s.
We are pleased to introduce a young man with his feet firmly in both BHP camps: horsemanship and science.
Fred Holcomb, a now-graduated honors student at Davidson College in North Carolina, has excelled at English and Western riding, including a lengthy stint at the Alvord Ranch with Martin Black and seminar work with Black and Dr. Steve Peters. Read more about Holcomb.
At Davidson, Holcomb pursued a psychology degree with a minor in neuroscience. His senior thesis, including a summer research project on a Wyoming ranch, focused on equine cognition.
Follow Fred will:
- give readers a window to equine research, how it is pursued and conducted.
- offer notions of how simple theories and ideas can be quickly complicated by the vicissitudes of horse behavior, the vagaries of the environment (including human handling)
- show us how these issues can be resolved objectively
- demonstrate how the scientific method plays out in the real world of horses and humans
Enjoy the series and let us know what you think!