The Equine Research Network (EqRN) is an international network of social scientists interested in research on the human-horse relationship across a broad range of fields, subjects, and disciplines. We want to work together and also welcome working with researchers from other disciplines with an interest in equine activities, health and welfare. The Network was established in September 2009 after a number of us participated in the first ever equine Working Group at an European Society of Rural Sociology Annual Congress in Vasa Finland in August of that year. We realized that we had many interests in common and at the same time, exploring human-horse relations, the equine sector and equestrian activities provided a unique and productive opportunity to understand a wide range of ideas across the social science disciplines. We also realized that equine activities represented a significant part of rural life, the rural economy and urban-rural relations, as well as providing unique opportunities for new uses of rural land.
The Network was initially formed with over 25 members from 11 countries. We currently have over 100 members. We will work together, share ideas and begin to develop an international perspective on the equine sector based on our experience and research. We look to raise the profile of matters equine on national and international agendas in terms of research, policy and academia. We want this website to become a resource for all with an interest in human-horse relations, rural development as it pertains to matters equine and welcome interest from others across the widest range of disciplines and interests.
This website has two main sections. The first, public, section introduces the network and its members, provides links to other sites of interest and displays all the news items. In particular we list upcoming events and news items of interest to those who research the human-horse relationship. The second, member-only, section is accessible only through login. Here, each member has a page and profile where they can post works-in-progress, publications and other matters of interest. They also can initiate and participate in discussions on our Discussion Forums. All members can access each others’ Profile pages. In this way we can share ideas and work together to promote the field.