Horsemanship Science

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From the Ground Up

November 16, 2017

Safe and smart groundwork can help build the foundation for a confident, well-behaved horse.... Read More

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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

November 15, 2017

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.... Read More

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ISES 2017 Down Under: Let the Show Begin

November 11, 2017

The International Society for Equitation Science event will take place Nov. 22-25, in New South Wales, Australia.... Read More

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Horses, Humans, and Trust

November 02, 2017

Do horses experience trust the same way humans do? ... Read More

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Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

November 02, 2017

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations.... Read More

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Therapeutic Riding Horses Don't Experience Undue Stress

October 22, 2017

Researchers confirmed that therapeutic riding horses exhibited low physiological and behavioral stress responses.... Read More

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

October 12, 2017

Our equine behavior expert offers advice for applying learning theory and treat-training under saddle.... Read More

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Registration for Online Horse Behavior, Safety Course Open

September 23, 2017

Members of Saddle Up Safely's partner organizations can receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.... Read More

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How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.

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Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More

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Managing the Anxious Horse

September 03, 2017

Find out how to keep you, your prone-to-worry horse, and those around him safe.... Read More

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Studying the Obvious

August 17, 2017

Why do researchers spend time studying basic equine behavior questions when the answers seems so obvious?... Read More

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Low-Stress Horse Loading and Trailering

July 31, 2017

Trailering can be unnerving for some horses. Learn how to keep your horse's trailering experience safe and stress-free. ... Read More

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How Do Horses Learn Differently Than Humans?

July 27, 2017

Dr. Camie Heleski offers insight on how horse and human brains differ.... Read More

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Why Do Horses Have to Learn Tasks on Both Sides?

July 25, 2017

Have you taught a horse a task on his left but had him be clueless about it on his right? Dr. Camie Heleski explains.... Read More

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Do Horses Learn From Each Other?

July 24, 2017

Dr. Camie Heleski shares scientific information about how much horses might learn from watching each other.... Read More

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Does Parade Participation Stress Horses?

July 22, 2017

On average, horses' stress levels remained within the range observed during routine work and management.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

July 20, 2017

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors.... Read More

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How Horses Learn

July 13, 2017

Learning theory describes how we can influence horse behavior and improve training outcomes. ... Read More

Horses learn to associate movements (such as backing up) with the release of pressure (the handler stops tapping the whip), which in horse training circles is known as negative reinforcement.

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10 Horsemanship Science Resources on TheHorse.com

July 13, 2017

Learn about horsemanship and how to incorporate learning theory in your own horse training.... Read More

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Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

June 02, 2017

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem.... Read More

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Equitation Science Society Position on Training Techniques

May 26, 2017

The International Equine Science Society released a statement on techniques that could compromise horse welfare.... Read More

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Teach Your Horse to Stand While Mounting

May 13, 2017

Michelle Quirico shares tips for teaching your horse to stand still as you mount to ride. ... Read More

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Habituation vs. Learned Helplessness in Horses

May 03, 2017

Learn about a welfare-friendly way to desensitize horses.... Read More

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How to Teach a Horse to Cross Water

April 07, 2017

Dr. Robin Foster offers a step-by-step guide to teach a horse to step into bodies of water without drama.... Read More