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Cutting-edge science comes alive in gorgeous art!

“The Mind of a Horse”, a unique comic book, brings you the latest scientific knowledge.

  • How do horses see the world - what is different and what is similar to our perception?

  • Practical tips on how to improve horse training  and well-being

  • Understanding horse behavior and solving behavior problems

  • How to deepen your relationship with your favorite horse

  • And much, much more

Designed for adult and teenage readers: horse enthusiasts and anyone interested in animals.

80 pages. Beautiful art, a captivating story, and bonus content. Created by top scientists and artists.

€26 or the equivalent in your currency. How much is that?

To be published in December 2023.

For pre-orders of 10 copies or more at a discounted price, click here

Your pre-order benefits:

Free shipping

When you pre-order the book, we will pay the costs of handling and shipping to anywhere in the world.

“Facial Expressions of Horses”, a stunning guide to understanding horse emotions

As a pre-order gift for you, we created a beautiful, illustrative pdf file with ten images of common facial expressions, complete with the emotions they reveal.

Download it to your phone, and you will have a little horse-human dictionary in your pocket. Or print out the pictures and hang them on the stable wall.

You will get your pre-order gift pdf via email within a couple of days after paying for your order. Please check your spam folder if you cannot find the email in your inbox.

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How much is €26 in my currency?

Values of currencies vary slightly, but normally 26 Euros is

  • less than 25 British Pounds

  • less than 30 US Dollars

  • less than 40 Canadian Dollars

  • less than 45 Australian Dollars

Payment options

Our online store accepts all major credit cards and other payment methods, such as PayPal and ApplePay. If your currency is other than the Euro, your bank or service provider may deduce a small transaction fee for converting currency.


Ordering a larger quantity?

If you order 10 or more copies of the book, you will get a discount!

10 books or more: 15 % discount

20 books or more: 30 % discount

Ideal for riding clubs, booksellers, and anyone willing to have a larger quantity to re-sell or to give away.

To get your discount, please use this form when ordering 10 books or more.

Social Behavior


Which types of social contact are the most important for horses? How does the type of stable, pasture, or paddock influence a horse’s ability to get along with other horses? How does dominance hierarchy work, and how to prevent it from causing aggression?



What are the species-specific behavioral needs of horses, and how does meeting them contribute to brain health? How do different environments affect the horse's well-being? Why and how does increasing choice in the horse's daily life contribute to brain health?




How does a horse's sensory world differ from ours? How do those sensory experiences affect its behavior? How can we use this knowledge to improve the horse’s quality of life?



How do motivations work in the horse's mind? Can horses think? Which are the most efficient ways to motivate horses?


Emotions and Consciousness


Which emotions do horses feel – and which ones are beyond them? What do the nuances of their body language reveal about their emotional state? What kind of conscious experiences do horses have?

Learning and Training

How do different training methods affect training outcomes and horse health? Which skills does a trainer need to ensure faster learning and more reliable performance?


Problem Behaviors


Why are some horses difficult to saddle and bridle, and what can you do to solve the root cause of the problem? What causes bucking, phobias, aggression, cribbing, weaving…? How to prevent them, and what to do if they are already going on?


Sickness and Pain

What are the most common painful conditions and other health issues in horses? How to recognize the tell-tale signs? How to reduce the risk of getting them in the first place?

Development of the Foal


How does the early environment shape the foal's brain? What are the long-term consequences, still there in adulthood? What is an optimal physical and social environment for a foal?


Relationships with Humans


How do horses perceive us? How can you deepen your relationship with a horse? Which aspects of a horse’s life, besides the obvious ones, affect the ease of handling?

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The book in the making. The artists Maija Karala and Ville Sinkkonen at work, while chatting with the book's main author Helena Telkänranta.

The team creating the Mind of a Horse brings together top professionals in science and art.

Scientific content and fact-checking by Dr Helena Telkänranta

Script by Dr Helena Telkänranta and Maija Karala

Art by Maija Karala and Ville Sinkkonen

Scientific reviewers: Prof Christine Nicol, Dr Carole Fureix and Dr Marc Pierard

Consulting in practical horsemanship by Minna Tallberg

Layout by Heikki Laurila at Studio Glyyfi

The book's story is told from the viewpoint of three horses and their owners.

Shadow, Spark, Phoenix, and their friends run into the joys and challenges of everyday life.

Intertwining with their story, there is a narration with in-depth, easily accessible science. It will take you ever deeper into the workings of a horse's mind - and how you can make a difference in horses' lives.

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