Horsemanship Science


Can Horses Follow Humans' Pointing Gestures?

January 15, 2016

Horses trained with ground work learned to recognize finger pointing faster than those trained with other methods.... Read More


Hyperflexion in International Dressage: 1992 vs. 2008

January 05, 2016

Hyperflexion was more common in the 2008 World Cup than the 1992 Olympic Games in dressage classes, researchers found.... Read More


Don't Judge a Horse by His (or Her) Color

December 31, 2015

Is there any proof behind the hot-blooded chestnut mare stereotype? An equine behaviorist weighs in.... Read More


Study: Winter Shelter Preferences Vary Among Horses

December 31, 2015

In many cases, a good shelter with adequate food is enough to keep horses warm during winter weather, researchers found.... Read More

To diagnose navicular syndrome, veterinarians rely on the horse's history and a complete physical and lameness exam. Here, a horse is longed in a small circle to check his gait for abnormalities.


The Horse's Top Slideshows of 2015

December 28, 2015

Topics included navicular syndrome, equitation science, feeder and waterer options, rescue horses, and more.... Read More


Is Your Horse Happy in a Stall?

December 27, 2015

It's a question that can polarize equestrians. Here, one researcher shares what she's learned on the topic.... Read More


The Horse's Top Articles of 2015

December 24, 2015

Readers learned about a variety of topics from sweat marks under saddles and laminitis to beet pulp and hoof cracks.... Read More


Stop the Mugging! Using Treats in Equine Training

December 18, 2015

My trainer says feeding my horse treats has caused his poor ground manners. Should I stop?... Read More


Are Foals Born Early in the Year More Dominant?

December 13, 2015

Researchers found that older weanlings appear to be--and seem to stay--more dominant in the social hierarchy.... Read More


The Martingale's Effect on Rein Tension

December 11, 2015

Researchers determined that rein tensions were more consistent when horses were ridden with a martingale than without.... Read More


On Equine Research, Empathy ... and Elephants

December 08, 2015

Andrew McLean describes equitation science's beginnings and how learning theory can apply to far more than horses.... Read More


Understanding Automatism in Performance Horses

December 05, 2015

Why does a racehorse keep running after losing his jockey? Because of a brain function called automatism.... Read More


4 Exercises to Increase Rider Fitness and Horse Comfort

December 04, 2015

Researcher Jenni Douglas shares a few exercises that can help improve your strength and symmetry in the saddle.... Read More


Equine Sleep Patterns' Effects on Performance

December 03, 2015

Knowing if sleep patterns affect performance could prompt interest in sleep as an important horse management factor.... Read More


The Science Behind Horsemanship

December 03, 2015

Discover the latest research about equine stress, welfare, and training from the top equitation science conference. ... Read More


Professional vs. Amateur Round Pen Training Techniques

December 03, 2015

Researchers emphasized the importance of using subtle cues and having precise timing when training in the round pen.... Read More


Will Coaxing a Nervous Horse Reinforce Her Nervous Behavior?

November 26, 2015

Some people believe petting a fearful horse will teach it to act more upset in the future. Read what our expert says.... Read More


Does Target Training Help Reduce Horses' Stress?

November 26, 2015

Researchers found no differences in horses' stress levels in high-stress situations before and after training.... Read More


A Look at Rein Tension During Therapeutic Riding Lessons

November 20, 2015

Rein tension can be a welfare concern that could result in both clinical and behavioral problems.... Read More


Sending Signals

November 19, 2015

From biomechanical to psychological influences, what effects do we have on our horses while riding?... Read More

Pamela Nezil performed a dressage routine based around learning theory principles such as using signals the horse can differentiate, using consistency and repetition, and releasing pressure immediately when the horse responds.


2015 ISES Convention Highlights: How Horses Learn and More

November 18, 2015

Enjoy these highlights and article links from the 2015 International Society for Equitation Science Conference.... Read More


Does Your Horse Need Rest? Give Him More Bedded Space

November 16, 2015

New research shows that when a larger area of soft bedding is available, horses will spend more time lying down.... Read More


Researchers Pinpoint Influential Factors for Horse Welfare

November 12, 2015

Learn which factors have the biggest impact on stalled horses' welfare and how owners can improve their environments.... Read More


Researchers Evaluate Head Control Equipment Use in Horses

November 09, 2015

Such equipment appeared most prevalent in sales advertisements for more expensive, higher-level horses, scientists said.... Read More


Hyperflexion in Review

November 05, 2015

Does hyperflexion have negative effects or does it help improve horses' performance? Scientists review the research.... Read More