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Horse Brain, Human Brain


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Janet Jones, PhD, applies brain research to the training of horses and riders. She earned her PhD from UCLA and taught the neuroscience of perception, language, memory, and thought for 23 years. Janet trained horses at a large stable for many years, and later ran a successful horse training business of her own. She has schooled hundreds of inexperienced or difficult horses and competed in hunter, jumper, halter, reining, and western pleasure disciplines.


"Dr. Janet Jones has written the book the horse world has been waiting for: Horse Brain, Human Brain. It is a game changer." --Tik Maynard, Trainer, Eventer, and Author of In the Middle Are the Horsemen

"For all my equestrian life I have lived off the statement 'Know your horse, ' not only as a species but as an individual. In Horse Brain, Human Brain the author's understanding of this principle is abundantly clear. The last chapter of her book should be read first, last, and then read again. It's a wonderful summary of horsemanship." --Eric Smiley, FBHS, Olympic Equestrian, FEI Judge, and Author of Two Brains, One Aim

"You need this book. Whether you have spent your entire lifetime around horses, or just patronize a local barn, or even only are curious about the horses you see standing in a field as you drive past this authoritative and reader-friendly book will help you get to know horses. We all need this information." --Wendy Williams, Author of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion and The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect

"Horse Brain, Human Brain gets right at the 'understanding' part of things, because until our brains grasp what the horse's brain grasps so differently, it is easy to think the horse is saying, 'No, ' when what he is really saying is, 'I don't get what it is you want.' This book explains the difference." --Denny Emerson, USEA Hall-of-Fame Inductee and Author of Know Better to Do Better and How Good Riders Get Good

"Horse Brain, Human Brain: The Neuroscience of Horsemanship completes my trifecta of horsemanship references, which includes Tom Dorrance's True Unity and Ray Hunt's Think Harmony with Horses. Dr. Jones' book presents facts that are supported by real-time scientific research. It is written so perfectly that virtually anyone can use it as a tool to understand how horses view the world. It's a must for professional farriers to keep in your home office and another for your truck." --American Farrier Journal

"It is difficult to convey just how much I adore this book! I can only imagine that I would have made far fewer mistakes along the way, had I been armed initially with the information packed into this book." The Literate Equine

"This book is a welcome addition to the world of horses, and will no doubt have horse owners changing up some of their own behaviors and expectations around their horses, and encourage trainers to listen to what the horse is telling them rather than using force or detrimental methods to manipulate their horse's attitude or habits. Well worth a read, for riders at any level." --Catskill Horse

"If the idea of reading about equine neuroscience seems intimidating, Dr. Jones's writing will put you at ease. Her experience, combined with her prose's mastery and clarity in Horse Brain, Human Brain is destined to make this book one of those dog-eared tomes covered in sticky notes, pen marks, and horse dirt that can be found on horse lovers' bookshelves everywhere." --Horse Network

"In this illuminating book, brain scientist and horsewoman Janet Jones describes human and equine brains working together. Using plain language, she explores the differences and similarities between equine and human ways of negotiating the world. Mental abilities--like seeing, learning, fearing, trusting, and focusing--are discussed from both human and horse perspectives. Throughout, true stories of horses and handlers attempting to understand each other--sometimes successfully, sometimes not--help to illustrate the principles." --Northwest Horse Source

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