The 1st International Congress on Equinology and Equestrian Tourism is the result of an international scientific cooperation network between the Universities of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Kyoto (Primate Research Institute) and the Municipality of Viana do Castelo, which started in 2014. This network has undergone a gradual expansion, currently integrating the Universities of Coimbra and Valencia (Spain).
The investigation of different research themes, including the study of the Garrano horse cognition, the observation of its social behaviour and the human-horse interaction in the context of equestrian arts, has created the theoretical and methodological bases for the conception of a new epistemological paradigm.
The scientific study of equines in its multiple dimensions requires the creation of an independent scientific discipline, based on the scientific theory of Japanese primatology, combining laboratory research with fieldwork, carried out in the habitat of each breed.
The equinology-primatology association has become essential to a more comprehensive understanding of the human-equine interaction. Equines have played a major role in the dynamics of human societies. A weapon in war-time, horses have played a pivotal role in geopolitics and they have also contributed to the development of agriculture and transport. As an art object, they are also mythological animals that mediate between Heaven and Earth in the main cosmogonies.
In Europe, horses have been the most-researched animals, mainly through treatises on horsemanship, hippology and equine veterinary medicine, with equine education and medicine as the dominant areas. Horses have become a leisure companion, although they also remain a working animal in several countries. Nonetheless, research on social behaviour and equine cognition is paradoxically still scarce.
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