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Horse Riders’ Perceptions of Communication with Horses and How it Translates to Communication with Family

In: Society & Animals
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A. M. Scholtz Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR), Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University Potchefstroom South Africa

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V. Koen COMPRES, School of Psychosocial Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University Potchefstroom South Africa

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C. M. Oosthuizen COMPRES, School of Psychosocial Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University Potchefstroom South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore and describe adult horse riders’ perceptions regarding their communication with horses and how it translates to their communication with family. A qualitative explorative, descriptive research design was implemented. The sample group, which was recruited through either a purposive or snowball sampling technique, included nine participants between the ages of 19 and 53. Data were collected by means of semi-structured interviews and analyzed with the use of thematic analysis. The findings reveal similarities between the communication that takes place between the participants and horses, and between the participants and their family members. These similarities make it possible for the communication in one context (with horses) to be translated to the other context (with family members), and the findings suggest that such a translation is possible and is supported by the systems theory.

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