Shaping the Equine Body





equine studies, equine history, ethology in animal studies, breed and breeding, training relationships, horse-human relationships


This roundtable discussion brings together four prominent scholars from equine studies (Susanna Forrest, Richard Nash, Karen Raber, and Jeannette Vaught) to discuss how we have historically shaped the equine body (and mind) when we breed and train horses, and how taking this history into account might allow us to imagine new ways of living with horses. Three core concerns are addressed from multidisciplinary perspectives: How do human representations, desires, and fantasies inform our interactions with horses? How have equine bodies and minds been shaped by us over time? How do the stories we tell ourselves about equine bodies in turn shape how we relate to horses—and how might we do this differently?


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Author Biographies

Kristen Guest, University of Northern British Columbia

Kristen Guest is Professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Monica Mattfeld, University of Northern British Columbia

Monica Mattfeld is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Karen Raber, The University of Mississippi

Karen Raber is Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

Susanna Forrest, Independent scholar

Susanna Forrest is a freelance writer and researcher living in Lund, Sweden.

Richard Nash, Indiana University, Bloomington

Richard Nash is Professor Emertus of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Jeannette Vaught, California State University, Los Angeles

Jeannette Vaught is a Lecturer in Liberal Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

Catherine Twomey, Da Vinci Horse in Piaffe (2007)




How to Cite

Guest, Kristen, Monica Mattfeld, Karen Raber, Susanna Forrest, Richard Nash, and Jeannette Vaught. 2023. “Shaping the Equine Body: Roundtable”. Humanimalia 13 (2):1–29.