Exploring Evidence-Based Horsemanship DVD—

Combines Neuroscience with Observation to Present Best Practices for Horse Owners

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BRUNEAU, IDAHO, Sept. 23, 2014 – For two years, Evidence-Based Horsemanship has enlightened horse owners with its unique approach and gained an international following. What began as book collaboration between neuropsychologist Dr. Stephen Peters and horseman Martin Black, two men highly regarded in their respective fields, has led to national seminars and now, a one-hour informative DVD—“Exploring Evidence-Based Horsemanship”—that will be released Oct. 1.

Founded on the Scientist-Practitioner Model, Evidence-Based Horsemanship assesses and integrates scientific findings to inform decisions and create “best practices” in all areas of horse training and care based on empirical outcomes (i.e., what works). The DVD will lead viewers through the key Evidence-Based Horsemanship principles, explaining the “whys” and the “hows” behind Peters’ and Black’s findings.

“There is a paradigm shift taking place in what we thought we knew about horses,” said Peters. “This is based on the tremendous growth of scientific research and empirical data in all aspects of horse care and training. In realizing that the world is not flat, we will need to make decisions and changes in the way we think about horses and apply that new knowledge.”

“I was intrigued when Dr. Peters approached me to discuss the science behind how horses think because I’ve always enjoyed thinking outside the box with my horses,” added Black. “Pairing science—neurochemistry—with my experience has given me a much greater understanding of the horse. That’s what we hope to do for folks with this DVD.”

“Exploring Evidence-Based Horsemanship,” like the book, discusses equine psychology and physiology while linking theory to practice. Among topics presented by Peters and Black on the DVD are:
-How to use different neurochemical states to your advantage when working with your horse
-The impact of a horse’s past experiences on its behavior
-Best practices for overall horse care

“I hope that this DVD, Exploring Evidence-Based Horsemanship, will be a guide in fully understanding your options in regards to best horse practices by providing you with unbiased, scientifically and evidence-supported information that helps you make the best and most informed decisions for your horses,” said Peters.

Produced by Eclectic Horseman Communications, Inc.,“Exploring Evidence-Based Horsemanship” will also be available for pre-order for $24.95 starting Sept. 23 at evidence-basedhorsemanship.com and martinblack.net.


When Dr. Peters and Black first met in 2010 at Legacy of Legends, they were just two men—a neuroscientist and an acclaimed horseman—who wanted to talk horses. While Dr. Peters’ approach was scientific, he wanted to draw on the thousands of horses that Black had worked with over the course of his lifetime, and compare findings.

Together, they were able to corroborate discoveries. What Peters lacked in experience, Black had an abundance to share. What Black lacked in scientific knowledge, Peters was able to provide context, science and an all-new vocabulary. The pair used this teamwork to coauthor Evidence-Based Horsemanship in 2012 and have regularly traveled the country presenting their findings with presentations and seminars.

Dr. Stephen Peters is a board-certified neuropsychologist with Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, specializing in brain functioning. As a neuroscientist and horse brain researcher, he has given numerous presentations and regularly performs horse brain dissections for those eager to learn tangible specifics of equine neuro-anatomy.

Martin Black is a fifth-generation horseman and rancher who grew up starting colts and handling cattle on the open range. His unique early life experience prepared him for a management position on one of the largest ranches in the Great Basin by his late 20s. After his management stint at the ranch, he spent 15 years operating a contract-based colt starting business—he’d start as many as 500 colts a year, running the gamut from mustangs to million-dollar racehorses. Over time, his practice evolved as he began to focus on helping people throughout the world, across all disciplines and breeds, though his clinics.