Emily Kieson PhD, MS, PGDip
Executive Director, Equine International
Ethologist & Researcher
Emily Kieson serves as Executive Director at Equine International, a US-based nonprofit focused on research, education, and outreach in the fields of equine behavior, welfare, and equine-human interactions. Her research focuses on equine behavioral psychology, equine welfare, and horse-human interactions as they apply to both horse owners and equine-assisted activities and learning programs. She holds a PhD in Comparative Psychology, a MS in Psychology, and a graduate degree in Equine Science. Emily also holds multiple certifications in various models of equine-assisted activities and currently serves as Chair of the Equine Welfare Committee with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Her current research focuses involve looking at equine affiliative behaviors to study how horses create and maintain social bonds and how those can overlap with human affiliative behaviors for application in management, horse ownership, equine-assisted activities, and indicators of positive welfare in horses with and without humans. She also has a passion for supporting sustainable systems of horse management and husbandry that promote physical and psychological welfare of the horse while simultaneously supporting sustainable ecosystem practices on small and large scales (for both feral and domestic equids). Emily currently develops and teaches courses at universities in the fields of psychology, animal-human interactions, animal-assisted interventions, animal behavior and training, and animal welfare and ethics.
Equine International, in collaboration with Touching Wild, offer a number of amazing excursions, providing wonderful opportunities to study feral and wild-living equids. As well as using these trips to further knowledge of ethology, behaviour and welfare, the team also focus on how to bring this information back to our domestic horses and ponies. A proportion of course proceeds go back into supporting rewilding, conservation, wild equid welfare and management environmental programmes. You can find more about Equine International/Touching Wild courses on our EDUCATION pages or by visiting their website.
Equine International also offer online learning opportunities for those who are unable to attend live events