Does being a horse rider make you a better person?

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A masters degree student is asking for information from equestrians about the development of their moral qualities through taking part in horse sport activities.

As part of his Master Degree Programme at the Catholic University of Brasilia, Alex Titan is asking equestrians Does engaging in equestrian sport develop, beyond physical qualities, the athletes’ moral qualities?

The project is based on two educational theories, one proposed by Benjamin Bloom and one by Pierre Bourdieu, revolving around the personality traits which differentiate equestrian athletes from other athletes. It aims to measure, through previously selected qualities (self-confidence, courage, discipline, zeal), to what extent some moral qualities are developed through the practice of equestrianism.

Titan, who was Sport Competition Manager for Eventing and Para-Dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is asking equestrians to take a survey that should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is available in several languages, and closes on July 31, 2020.

3 thoughts on “Does being a horse rider make you a better person?

  • June 28, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I was pleased to complete the questionnaire, and think it worthwhile, but didn’t think it quite captures the core learning experiences I got from living and competing with horses.

  • July 9, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    This is an interesting questionnaire. I am not surprised that a master’s degree student is analysing such a different topic. As a part of their final year research and project, student’s take up some of the most quirky subjects. I’ve filled up many such questionnaires on various topics ranging from the selection of face creams to hero-worshipping!

  • July 12, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    An interesting statement… many selected suitable horses help riders of all ages, gender, skin colour, cultural diversity, mental state and physical status help you to get ahead if supported well. Suitable selected horses and instructors have delivered great results in able… plus disabled category. Yes horses can help one being a better person.

    Experienced horse instructor for able bodied and disabled riders since 1989. Horse owner for 28 years also horse agistment property owner since 1995 with with Uni Degree teaching in Education!

    Love horses and people.

    We work well with care and respect for all!




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