Little work has been done to explicate the motivational factors of agency, particularly in cases where an artifact initially deemed ineffective or superfluous becomes an everyday necessity, such as the automobile at the turn of the twentieth century. Farmers saw it as a "devil wagon" but later adopted it for use as an all-around device and power source. What makes a social group change its position about a particular artifact? How did the devil wagon overcome its notoriety to become a prosaic mainstream device? These questions direct the research in this book. While they may have been asked before, author Imes Chiu (PhD, Cornell University) brings a different and refreshing approach to the problem of newness. Preexisting practices and work routines used as explanatory devices have something interesting to say about diffusion strategies and localization measures. This innovative study examines the conversion of users. To understand the motivating factors in mass adoption, the study focuses on perceptions and practices associated with horses and motorcars in three different settings during three different periods. All three cases begin with the motorcar in the periphery: all three end with it achieving ubiquity. This multiple-case design is used for the purpose of theoretical replication. Results in all three cases show that a contrived likeness to its competitor-the horse-contributed to the motorcar's success. The motorcar absorbed the technical, material, structural, and conceptual resources of the technology it displaced. This book, which includes several rare photographs, will be an important resource for those who wish to study the history of transportation and technology adaptation.
If your horse is nervous, anxious, high-energy, or otherwise difficult to handle because of temperament, history, physical pain, injury, or any other reason, then this book is for you and your horse. This book offers 17 natural solutions that you can easily use to ease, soothe, reassure, and generally calm your nervous or anxious horse. These natural solutions include bodywork, nutrition, homeopathic, flower essences, herbs, management, and more. The goal of this book is to give you insight into how your nervous or anxious horse sees the world, and how these natural solutions can ease his or her anxiety. These solutions are simple and easy to implement, and they are grounded in 25 years of use on these types of horses. You and your horse will amaze yourselves.
For as long as Barbara Hutson could remember, she dreamed of having a horse farm and of surrounding herself daily with these magical, mystical, and majestic creatures. Suddenly, she found herself living her lifelong dream. In Knowing Horses by Heart, she talks about the joys and challenges of owning horses. Her poems consider the life lessons she has learned-such as the value of patience and respect-while considering how worthwhile owning horses has been for her.
Like most fantasies, the reality of our fondest wishes can be a bit more than we bargained for. Owning a horse farm is not all serene days gazing at horses playing in the field or peaceful rides into the sunsets. Horses are bigger than life. With that comes events that are also tremendous in size and impact which lends richness and color to the fabric of our life story. Fully illustrated, Knowing Horses by Heart shares through poetry some of the knowledge Barbara has accumulated through her equine encounters.
Little Girl Giggles
"The gift is sweeter than that very first kiss
Seeing those looks of sheer wonder and bliss
There is nothing quite like watching the eyes
Of a child as she squeals with excited cries
As the magic of real horses fills up the space
The look of pure amazement covers her face ..."
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