the horse-human connection
Ben Masters

Humans have connected with horses on a deeply personal and emotional level for centuries. Participating Dane County libraries will attempt to study, understand, celebrate and honor this connection in the "Horse-Human Connection" with funding provided by Beyond the Page. Events will kick off with 13 libraries screening the film documentary Unbranded produced by Ben Masters. The film highlights the beautiful relationship 4 recent college graduates develop with wild Mustangs as they ride from Mexico to Canada. Following the film screening, local humanities experts will lead a discussion on various topics. Please join us as we celebrate the Horse-Human Connection at participating Dane County libraries!

Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Gretchen Arndt Gretchen Arndt, Horse First Farm
Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
Unbranded film screening at 6 pm
Deerfield Public Library

Gretchen Arndt will discuss Parelli Natural Horsemanship as part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection. Parelli focuses on building relationships between horses and humans based on trust and mutual understanding. In addition to being the Equine Specialist on the Triquestrian, LLC team, Gretchen is also a Licensed Instructor of Parelli Natural Horsemanship at The Horse First Farm in Madison, WI.

Building Trust with Horses
John Bonine John Bonine
Sunday, October 15 at 3:45 pm
Unbranded film screening at 2 pm
Base Camp Café, Mazomanie

John Bonine is lifelong horse trainer and farrier who studied under Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. He will speak on Building Trust with Horses as part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection.
"I had a ranch upbringing in southeastern Montana. Most of our ranch work and much of our travel was a-horse-back. My parents taught me to ride at an early age and I've been mounted ever since." ~ John Bonine

Horses as Healers: Therapeutic Riding
Karen Diegal Karen Diegel
Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm
Unbranded film screening at 11:30 am
Sun Prairie Public Library

Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm
Unbranded film screening at 5:30 pm
Oregon Public Library

Occupational Therapist and PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified Instructor, Karen Diegel will lead a discussion on Horses as Healers: Therapeutic Riding as part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection. Karen teaches Therapeutic Riding at Three Gaits Riding School in the Stoughton/Oregon area. Three Gaits, Inc., is a non­profit organization whose mission is to provide equine­assisted activities and therapies that enhance the lives of people with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges.

The Mustangs of Unbranded
Ben Masters Ben Masters
Friday, November 3 at 6 pm
Madison Public Library - Central Branch
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Saturday, November 4 at 1 pm
Unbranded film screening at 11:30 am
Mount Horeb Public Library

Ben Masters, Unbranded Film Producer, will speak with an emphasis on The Horse-Human Connection in regards to the personal relationship he formed with wild Mustangs for the filming of Unbranded. Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, horse trainer, guide, and conservationist who splits his time between Montana, Texas, and the mountains in between. Masters has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Texas A&M University and was the producer, character, and mastermind behind the Mountainfilm and Hot Docs Audience Award-winning documentary Unbranded.

Dressage
Andrea Bill Andrea Bill
Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 pm
Unbranded film screening at 6 pm
Madison Public Library - Pinney Branch

Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm
Unbranded film screening at 5:30 pm
Waunakee Public Library

Andrea Bill (Andi) will discuss Dressage as part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection. Andi attended Mount Holyoke College, successfully competing as an intercollegiate equestrian and captaining Mount Holyoke's IHSA team her junior and senior years. She rode as an alternate on the United States Intercollegiate team in Luxembourg and Malmo, Sweden, and was chef d'equipe for the winning American team in 1999. Andi teaches both hunt seat and dressage, from beginning riders to seasoned competitors.

The Changing Role of Horses
in Our Society

Jim Leary Jim Leary
Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
Unbranded film screening at 6 pm
Fitchburg Public Library

Jim Leary will lead a discussion on The Changing Role of Horse in Our Society as part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection. Jim will examine the role of horses from the time of his grandparents to the present. Leary is a recently retired professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, as well as in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. He is a co­-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy and of the American Folklore Society.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

triquestrian

Gretchen Arndt & Tami Bahr, Triquestrian, LLC
Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm
Unbranded film screening at 5:30 pm
Deforest Public Library

Gretchen Arndt & Tami Bahr will discuss Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in relation to their practice at Triquestrian. Triquestrian, LLC is an organization that strives to provide an opportunity for growth and learning through the power of horses to the community. "We believe horses have the ability to help us experience and explore life from a unique perspective creating opportunities for growing, learning, and healing." (Arndt and Bahr, 2014)

Equine Medical Practices: Working with Horses in Haiti, Costa Rica, Mexico & the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Dr. Judy Batker Dr. Judy Batker
Monday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
Unbranded film screening at 6 pm
Verona Public Library

Dr. Judy Batker, Veterinarian and Owner of Country View Equin, will discuss Equine Medical Practices: Working with Horses in Haiti, Costa Rica, Mexico & the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We now know that old practices of caring for horses were detrimental over time. We can create more stable and long­lasting relationships with our equine counterparts. Dr. Judy Batker is a 1995 graduate of UW-Madison.

Animal Ethics
Dr. Robert Streiffer Dr. Robert Streiffer
Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm
Unbranded film screening at 6 pm
Cross Plains Public Library

Dr. Robert Streiffer, UW-Madison Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Department of Philosophy, will discuss Animal Ethics as a part of Dane County Libraries examination of The Horse-Human Connection.

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