My name is Ryan. I am a sociology graduate student at Umass, Amherst. I am currently conducting interview-based research with committed horse riders and trainers. In a nutshell, I am mostly interested in what the various riding disciplines think of each other. Specifically, how do horse trainers and riders evaluate the various riding disciplines by distinguishing acceptable from controversial training and practices, and natural from unnatural training and practices? Sometimes, the differences between these distinctions are obvious, but other times they are much more complicated and muddled. I am also interested in what makes some riding disciplines more respected than others.
Since I live in the Amherst, MA area, I could meet those of you who live in or are visiting Western Mass at a place and time of your choosing. Or if anyone prefers, we could talk on the phone. The interview should take around an hour.