This original and insightful book explores how horses can be considered as social actors within shared interspecies networks. It examines what we know about how horses understand us and how we perceive them, as well as the implications of actively recognising other animals as actors within shared social lives. This book explores how interspecies relationships work, using a variety of examples to demonstrate how horses and people build social lives. Considering horses as social actors presents new possibilities for improving the quality of animal lives, the human condition and human-horse relations.

chapter |10 pages


part 11I|34 pages

Theorising horses

chapter 1|21 pages

Equine co-travellers

chapter 2|11 pages

Animals as social actors

part II|38 pages

Thinking horses

chapter 3|15 pages

Natural horses

chapter 4|9 pages

Symbolic horses

chapter 5|12 pages

Equestrian cultures

part III|33 pages

Meeting horses

chapter 6|14 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

Moving with motive

part IV|23 pages

Engaging horses

chapter 8|12 pages

Agency matters

chapter 9|9 pages

(Un)stable relations