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An overview of my PhD research into ‘the good life?’, exploring horse and human perceptions of equestrianism in the UK. Since humans learned to control horses, horse riding has been embedded in interspecies power relations in which the agency of the horse is constrained, and equal co-creation of a human-horse community is excluded. Now primarily practised for sport or leisure, questions around social licence to operate, and how caregivers might provide a ‘good life’ for horses, arise, from the perspective of interspecies social justice in which horse riding poses ethical questions of power, exploitation, care and wellbeing. As members of an interspecies moral community, both horses and humans should be included in attempts to define and provide a ‘good life’. However, scant research has attempted to understand whether focusing on horses as individuals, telling their stories of lived experiences, or the meanings made by humans in their interactions with horses, contribute to interspecies construction of a good life. There is growing interest in riders understanding the horse they engage with and how they can provide for the mental wellbeing of this domesticated species. At the same time, factors such as emphasis on short-term competition success militate against this concern. Qualitative multispecies research methodologies may allow an in-depth exploration of shared interspecies encounters, helping us to understand how various constructs of horse riding, and how we contain, restrain and train horses, impact on equine wellbeing and licence to operate. I will summarise a selection of qualitative methodologies, methods and findings to date as they relate to my research questions: How do horses experience being trained and ridden, and how can this be explored? What meaning do humans make in their encounters with horses in the riding and training contexts? How do human-constructed perspectives on horse riding and training impact on equine wellbeing?

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