Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I recently had the honor of interviewing Kerry Thomas – the founder of the Thomas Herding Technigue. Thomas and his insight into the behavior of the Thoroughbred is groundbreaking and could lead to major changes in the way Thoroughbreds are raised and trained.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Kerry Thomas knows horses.

Thomas, age 41, has observed and worked with horses since he was 18 years old. He also studied wild mustangs on the Bighorn Mountain Range in their natural Wyoming wilderness habitat.
Thomas is an expert in understanding the fundamentals of a horse's well being and in 2008 he founded the Thomas Herding Technique — a business dedicated to helping horse owners understand the role that the environment and the natural herd dynamic has in the behavioral well being of their horses.

"The environment is the foundation from which all else stems, and it is very often the keeper of unseen stress and behavior issues we only observe much later," said Thomas. "Their movement, where they feed and how they get water, is vitally important." …

Thomas is helping horse owners provide better equine care for their horses. He regularly gives lectures and seminars on the importance of the environment in the behavioral development of horses and his insight into the behavior of the equine species has led to him being compared to Federico Tesio — the late, great, world-renowned owner and breeder of Champion thoroughbreds.

Here's the link to the entire interview:

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