Research Areas

Focusing on the breeding of horses, dogs, and livestock 1700-1950.

Horses & Status in Medieval Europe

With particular emphasis on the symbolic value surrounding the emergence of “types” which mirror the fracturing class system, 10th-15th centuries.

Historical Horse Diets
Currently focusing on late medieval and early modern “commercial” feed.

The History of Horsemanship
Particularly ideas about “humane” and “natural” training methods, and how changes in military culture, frontier societies, and agriculture affect these trends.

Equine Genetic World History
With emphasis on the dispersal of novel mutations along trade, migration, and war routes, and including domestication theories.

The History of the Manège
The rise of the manège alongside the downfall of the tourney; changing ideals in the treatment of animals, 15th-18th centuries.

Orientalist Rhetoric in Breed Mythology

The various ways “arab,” “barb,” “turk,” and “oriental” are used with specific or interchangeable meanings depending on the document; the creation of the Arabian as a world-wide breed; and the relationship between the Arabian and the Akhal-Teke.

Mongol Horses

Practical and military concerns, breeding, selection, and training.