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Entrainment: human–equine leisure mobilities

ByPAULA DANBY, KEVIN HANNAM

Equestrianism provides a leisure opportunity for people to gain knowledge and skills associated with equine culture, to exhibit, and challenge their performances while also providing a stage for social interaction. It is easy to view a horse simply as a mode of mobility; however, a mobilities approach to equestrianism attempts to understand the fluidity of movements and interactions between humans and horses – what Löfgren (2008) has called, in the context of rail travel, the material connections between motion and emotion. Mobilities research develops a post-humanistic perspective, which allows more innovative and holistic research of human-equine interactions. Such research appreciates the lives and cultural dimensions surrounding horses by viewing them as key actants – playing active roles within human-equine relationships.