I?ve found your recent essay regarding Breeding Behavioral Genetics to be rather fascinating, especially the idea of the ingredients and the intention of nature. I was hoping that you might elaborate a little more on your thoughts in the area of Emotional Conformation as it pertains to training and breeding horses, social structures. I also have little doubt that your efforts here will have influence on a larger spectrum of animal species and how we as fellow researchers and trainers, breeders, consider the tasks before us. I will email you privately my personal contact information that we can explore this further.
- University Professor/Researcher
Thank you Dr. for your inquiry I am honored with the contact. It is my opinion in regards to Emotional Conformation that mental evolution paves the way for physical changes... social/herd species use nurturing to advance survivalism. The physical survival of a species of animal living in a herd or a group such as horses or even primates, I feel, is highly dependent on the psychological relationships between the members. Each individual is dependent on both themselves and the other group members for daily life, requiring a necessary interaction on an Emotional Conformation level. This platform then to be sustained is influenced by what can be called decisions based on interactions with others, environment and more importantly interpretation of the environmental stimuli. Herd animals move toward food and water sources when they are thirsty or hungry, or seek minerals as needed. Decision based on need is nonetheless decision just the same, thus a physical response. If your food source is at high elevation, the body evolves to fit the decision made over time. Evolution mandates that change is made in order to survive or sustain group survivalism. This is why I discuss in larger essay under research Training Efficiency of Motion, Building a Better Racehorse, the need for creating a sense of anticipation while in motion to develop a release point for race horses that buddy-up. They do this because it is natural, so we cannot break that we have to work within it, the same can be said for breeding programs and artificial socially designed family units.
Using the concept of ingredients I look for the core of understanding a species of social seeking animals like horses in the way an individual fits within a group. Emotional Conformation is the foundation of individualism, thus allowing both physical and behavioral genetics to be handed down the line as nature will fill out her ranks according to need. This is not to be confused with according to our need. In fact, a serious oversight in breeding programs I feel is that we breed horses or any animal for that matter; to physically fit a mold we?re artificially designing and asking Mother Nature to follow our guideline. This may indeed happen on a physical level as we certainly can manipulate fairly well at least the physical genetic result. However, there is a problem inherent in this approach, and that is far too often we do not consider or apply to the equation, the Behavioral Genetics of the two we match. If we allow that animals like horses have a personality, should we not then allow for this truth to be a vital part of herd structuring, breeding and training?
"Emotional Conformation Profiling; when you know the ingredients, you know your horse, when you know your horse, you can communicate your intent. Goal achievement/partnership with the horse rests deep within your ability to communicate your intent and as well in your understanding that whereas horses read body language we know they also depend more on reading the intent of other individuals. Silent communication in a grazing animal is inherent to living to see another day and thus intent overrides gesture, if not the horse would not be able to assimilate to changes. Training is communication; you may know your horse as he/she reflects your desires but how well do you know your horse when they are not reacting to your needs and requirements?
Emotional Conformation Profiling seeks to identify the ingredients that make up your horse; once this information is attained you can compare this to your goal, or your intentions for the ingredients. If you have a match and you?re not pushing a round peg into a square hole, the process then comes down to your communication of intent, be it training or breeding. Proper communication of intent considers the ingredients on both physical genetic ability and behavioral genetic capacity.
If I might add in closing, this work is of course a work in progress and in many ways may always be as such. Yet, how often do we revel in the bliss of our own ignorance? When we think we know we stop the search and if we stop the search, then we will never really know.