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Animals, Volume 9, Issue 12 (December 2019) – 165 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Equine assisted interventions (EAIs) represent an emerging field of animal assisted interventions [...] Read more. Equine assisted interventions (EAIs) represent an emerging field of animal assisted interventions (AAIs), employing horses in several activities with humans. Due to the prominent emotional involvement traditionally characterizing their relationship with humans, horses have developed sophisticated communicative skills, which foster their ability to respond to human emotional states. Here, we hypothesize the occurrence of an interspecific emotional transfer as the proximate causation of successful interventions. By considering human and horse as a unique coupling system during the interaction, it is possible to measure the degree of coordination through the analysis of physiological variables of both subjects. Having an insight into the emotional states of animals involved in AAIs could be useful to ameliorate the wellbeing of both animal and human and to better standardize operational strategies. View this paper