Hale Broadcasting out of Nebraska has a Horseman’s Corner on the radio. Recently Howard Hale and Marty Marten, local trainer and friend here in Colorado interviewed Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy. Dr. Grandin’s view of the world is different than ours. Dr, Grandin compares her memory to full-length movies in her head that can be replayed at will, allowing her to notice small details. She is also able to view her memories using slightly different contexts by changing the positions of the lighting and shadows. Her insight into the minds of cattle has taught her to value the changes in details to which animals are particularly sensitive, and to use her visualization skills to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling equipment. The recent movie about her life “Temple Grandin” is available on DVD and through Netflix. It is definitely worth seeing.
Marty Marten is an equine clinician and Western Horseman author who has undergone his own transformation in life having a tumor removed from his brain in the year 2000.
To hear the Temple Grandin interview click on the links below:
Sorry the interview is no longer available on the Hale Broadcasting site.