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What horses have taught me about communication and connection | Jim Culver | TEDxLander

By Jim Culver

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In this personal story, Jim talks about the connection between him and his horse. Hear stories of how body language and emotion affect horses. Can day to day feelings affect how a horse reacts? Learn whether Jim was able to overcome this barrier with his horse.  The intersection of horsemanship and leadership is where Jim Culver finds his passion for both learning and teaching. Jim has spent the last thirty-plus years working as an educator and guide, including stints with the Nature Conservancy and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He is experienced in many different aspects of horsemanship - Western and English riding, horse shoeing, starting colts, horse packing, driving teams, and doing bodywork on performance horses. He is grateful to have studied with and learned from renowned horsemen Martin Black, Jim Masterson, and Buck Brannaman. He has also assisted in teaching leadership and communication seminars to teams from NASA, the US Navy, GOOGLE, and the
Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program.
Jim was born in Charlottesville, VA, where he first started riding horses at the age of seven. He fell in love with the West at an early age ‘from watching too many John Wayne movies and Gunsmoke episodes.’


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publisher TedX Talks
Size/Length 16:07
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Horseback riding
  3. Horses
  4. Human-animal communication
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
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