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"Before, he fought every day with the horse and with me": reducing violence in a Guatemalan community through a horse-handling program

By J. L. Gibbons, C. A. Cunningham, L. Paiz, K. E. Poelker, M. A. M. Cardenas

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Community and family violence are endemic in Guatemala. We evaluated the effectiveness of a horse-handling program to reduce violent attitudes and aggressive behavior. Eighteen community members who worked with horses in their daily lives (16 men, 2 women, ages 15 to 58) participated in four weekly sessions of embodied experiences with horses. The program taught Monty Roberts' Join-Up, a method of non-violent handling, as well as desensitization of horses to feared objects. Compared to the pretest, on a posttest participants were less likely to endorse violent attitudes with respect to wife-beating, corporal punishment of children, and physical punishment of horses. Their horses also were less reactive to the owner's approach. Female relatives reported that following the program participants provided better care for horses and were calmer and less aggressive with other people. These findings imply that an equine-facilitated program shows promise for transforming communities in which violence is prevalent.

Publication Title Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 37-55
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University, Morrissey Hall, 3700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, USA.gibbonsjl@slu.edu
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animals
  5. Attitudes
  6. Central America
  7. Developing countries
  8. Guatemala
  9. Horses
  10. Humans
  11. Latin America
  12. Mammals
  13. Men
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Primates
  16. Relationships
  17. ungulates
  18. United States of America
  19. vertebrates
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