An explanatory Model, using self-determination theory, of the motivations for horse ownership

Bornemann, Darcy (2024) An explanatory Model, using self-determination theory, of the motivations for horse ownership. Qualitative Research in Psychology. doi:10.1080/14780887.2024.2329732 (In Press)

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Human–animal interaction (HAI) is a growing interest research area, especially in relation to human wellbeing. There is a lack of theoretical framework to base human behaviour in horse-human interactions, and often assumptions of ‘traditionalism’ are touted as an explanation for human choices in relation to horse activities. Twenty-one highly involved dressage horse owners ranging in age, experience, and professional affiliation with horses were interviewed in an inductive qualitative approach. Analysis resulted in two core themes centred on becoming a horse-owner and maintaining ownership. The horse ownership motivation (HOM) model is anchored in self-determination theory and explains why horse-human interactions bring psychological satisfaction; supplemented by attachment theory, achievement goal theory, and biophilia hypothesis. Consequently, the HOM model explains motivation to become an owner and maintain ownership over time, and provides a novel theoretical framework in which to base further research into human motivation, wellbeing, and experiences of human–animal interactions, and potentially the animals themselves.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal ownership, Attachment; Consumption; Emotion: Animal-Human interaction; Identity; Self-determination theory; Wellbeing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2024 15:19
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 11:23

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