Horsemanship Science

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Mirror, Mirror . . . I See My Horse Looking Back at Me

September 14, 2013

Two studies investigated whether women see horses as self-objects and how perceptions change as women age.... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Water Bucket Half Full or Half Empty?

September 11, 2013

Researchers developed a test to find out whether horses are optimistic, pessimistic, or somewhere in between.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Respond to Negative Reinforcement

September 06, 2013

Researchers proved that horses can become "lighter" with proper negative reinforcement training.... Read More

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Studying the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface

September 04, 2013

Researchers are studying how forces applied by saddle and rider affect a horse's performance and welfare.... Read More

"After the winter and holiday lull in training and competition, I can't wait to get back in the show ring and improve upon my results from the previous year," says Managing Editor Alexandra Beckstett.

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Improving Horse Welfare at Stock-Breed Shows

September 03, 2013

Researchers sought better understanding of the welfare concerns relating to stock-type show horses. ... Read More

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Whip Use in Elite, Non-Elite Show Jumpers

September 02, 2013

Researchers take a look at whip use by jumper riders and how it relates to performance outcomes.... Read More

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Pleasant vs. Stern Human Voice's Effect on Horses

August 30, 2013

It seems like horses respond to changes in human voice tone, but is it a coincidence? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Startle Response to Novel Objects

August 25, 2013

One of the most consistent indicators of equine temperament is a horse's novelty response, researchers say.... Read More

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Researchers Assess Youthful Play Behavior in Adult Horses

August 23, 2013

Researchers estimate that if a horse investigates an object for 13 seconds or more, then he is likely playing.... Read More

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Frequent Feeding Reduces Group-Housed Horses' Aggression

August 19, 2013

More frequent forage feedings for group-housed horses could lead to a balance between feeding and resting.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Forehand vs. Backhand Whip Use in Racing

August 15, 2013

Jockeys struck a simulator with significantly (approximately 15%) more force with the backhand than forehand.... Read More

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Positive, Negative Reinforcement in Horse Training Compared

August 14, 2013

Training efficacy and stress levels were similar in the negative and positive reinforcement groups. ... Read More

A cob wearing bridle fitted with pressure sensor beneath the noseband.

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Researchers Measure Horses' Noseband Pressure

August 12, 2013

Researchers recently developed two pressure detection systems to measure pressure exerted by nosebands.... Read More

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Study: T-Touch 'Positively Accepted' by Saddle Horses

August 08, 2013

Horses undergoing T-Touch exhibited fewer aggressive reactions than those experiencing massage or rest.... Read More

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Excitement, Feeling, and Attachment's Impact on Training

August 02, 2013

Training outcomes are affected by a horse's arousal state and his attachment to his trainer, scientists say.... Read More

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Reflective Riding Equipment's Effect on Road Safety

July 31, 2013

Reflective equipment use doesn't appear to affect the occurrence or absence of near misses with traffic.... Read More

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Riders' Perception of Rein Tension Studied

July 29, 2013

Study results suggest riders of all levels tend to misjudge the amount of tension they apply to their reins.... Read More