Equitation Science / Behaviour
It might be a mouthful to pronounce, but anthropomorphism does not need to be hard to swallow. In this article, Dr Kirrilly Thompson moves away from a discussion about whether or not anthropomorphism is bad, to a consideration of when and how it can produce positive or negative outcomes for horses. Anthropomorphisation is, literally, the application of human (anthropos) form (morpho) to animals and is, essentially, the attribution of human characteristics to animals. Anthropomorphising is understanding animals on human terms – not their own.