I came across Karen's research while reading up for the discussion section of one of my PhD study papers. In this conversation we explore systems thinking, how it applies to horses and equestrianism, welfare, training and lots more. I hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
My guest on this episode is PhD candidate, Karen Luke.
Karen Luke researches rider motivation and safety as well as horse welfare and welfare assessment at Central Queensland University. Her work includes developing a new approach to horse welfare based on systems thinking and a new ridden horse welfare assessment tool that she used to show a connection between horse welfare and rider safety. She has also investigated equestrians’ understanding of horse welfare and most recently, why equestrians make the choices they do when it comes to horse keeping and training. Karen lives in Melbourne, Australia and when not researching, enjoys riding and training her own horses.
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision. Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi.
Ways of Being. James Bridle.
Karen's ReserachGate profile:
Just Equestrian Solutions Website:
The research on rats, motivation, welfare, and learning (lego cars and fruit loops):