Robin Foster

Research Professor

Robin Foster’s research includes work on selection and retention of therapy horses, and on temperament and conflict-related behaviors in horses. Her current studies compare different equine training techniques, with the goal of minimizing stress on the horse and improving long-term outcomes. Her work has been published and presented at major scientific conferences. Foster, an IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant and an ABS Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, is the owner of Adaptive Animals, a consultancy offering behavior consulting and behavior training for horses, dogs, and cats in the Seattle area. In addition to her role at Puget Sound, she is an affiliate professor at University of Washington, and chair of the Applied Animal Behavior Committee for the Animal Behavior Society. She writes regular commentaries about equine behavior for The Horse magazine.


B.S., University of Michigan, 1981, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1992

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