The Horse Promise
MyCompass.Horse is a movement of horse lovers and professionals who want to contribute to a more beautiful and better horse world. Horse welfare is central to this. Members of MyCompass.Horse therefore commit themselves to the horse promise:
- I promise you a horse-worthy life.
- I realize that I am responsible for your well-being.
- I promise to learn what a horse-worthy life means.
- I endorse the 10 training guidelines.
- I promise you to act in good conscience.
The 10 training guidelines of ISES
2. Account for the natural, species-specific needs of the horse.
By meeting the natural (essential) basic needs of a horse such as foraging, free movement and species-specific companionship. By respecting the social needs of the horse and taking into account the fact that human actions and sudden movements can appear threatening to the horse. By refraining from using dominant expressions during interactions.
By recognizing that horses think, see and hear differently compared to humans. Do not overestimate or underestimate the mental abilities of the horse. When interpreting the horse's behavior, avoid describing how you think the horse feels (happy, bored, lazy, mischievous, misunderstood).
Creation of Horse Promise
The horse promise was created with input from horse lovers and professionals who were also involved in the development of the competences of the Equestrian Compass:
Heleen van der Pol, Sjak Arts, Marian Staal, Natascha van Eijk, Tessa van Daalen, Rosa van Veen, Bineke de Vries, Jantine Steehouder, Marleen van Baal, Tamara Dorresteijn, Mara de Ruijter, Malene Nootenboom, Sanne Roozen, Astrid Hoppenbrouwers, Patricia van Iersel, Caroline de Grood, Carlijn de Boer, Antoinette Diks, Anette van Weezel Errens, Maarten van Stek, Monica Musen, Marieke Klein Lenderink, Sabine de Jong, Wieke de Jong, Roy Baaijens, Mireille den Hoed, Karel de Lange, Joyce Everts, Liesbeth Jorna, Joan van Gorkum, Bo van Gorkum, Romy Huisman, Jolanda Adelaar, Anne Muller, Anita de Keijzer, Rianne Dekker, Jose Letsch
ISES training guidelines
The 10 ISES training guidelines have been formulated by the International Society for Equitation Science. ISES promotes objective, research-based understanding of the well-being of horses during training and competition. ISES does this by applying valid, quantitative scientific methods that can identify which training techniques are (in)effective or can lead to impairment of the well-being of the horse. This branch of scientific research uses a multidisciplinary approach to research and thus provide insight into the training of the horse, for example from the perspective of learning theory, avoiding anthropomorphism and emotion-motivated training.