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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tips for Feeding Horses in a Group

November 23, 2015

Does your herd leader get too much to eat while the low man doesn't get enough? Here's our expert's advice.... Read More

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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

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Sending Signals

November 19, 2015

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

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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

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Is There Really Such Thing as a 'Woman's Horse'?

November 13, 2015

People sometimes assume that an individual horse prefers women over men. Let's look at what the science says. ... Read More

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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

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Choosing an Ex-Racehorse

November 11, 2015

Before you take the plunge, learn what to be wary of as well as what to expect when choosing an ex-racehorse.... Read More

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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

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Does a Racehorse Know if He Wins or Loses?

November 05, 2015

And what difference would it make to the horse if he wins or loses? An equine behaviorist weighs in. ... Read More

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All Wound Up

October 30, 2015

Physiological stress can be an important equine welfare issue. Here's what you should know.... Read More

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Horse Handling Techniques for Veterinarians and Owners

October 30, 2015

Learn how to safely train horses to behave during common procedures, such as taking temperatures and giving injections.... Read More

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Do Horses Remember Each Other?

October 29, 2015

The answer might surprise you. ... Read More

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Do Eye Wrinkles Reflect a Horse's Emotional State?

October 29, 2015

Researchers found that different types of situations affected horses' eye wrinkle characteristics.... Read More

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Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses

October 22, 2015

Some horses readily express their discomfort. Others are quieter. Learn to look for subtle signs of pain in your horse.... Read More

Dr. Gemma Pearson demonstrates how to use learning theory to encourage horses to stand quietly for injections.

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Can Learning Theory Lower Equine Vets' Injury Risk?

October 22, 2015

One vet shares how learning theory techniques can help teach difficult horses to stand calmly and accept treatments.... Read More

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High-Starch Diets' Effects on Stress Response in Horses

October 19, 2015

Increased vigilant behavior was correlated with intestinal microbial disturbances induced by a high-starch diet.... Read More

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Teaching a Horse to Stand Still at the Mounting Block

October 15, 2015

How can I encourage my horse to stand still during mounting?... Read More

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A Look at Therapeutic Riding Horses' Stress Behaviors

October 15, 2015

Stress can impair a horse's performance, diminish the benefits of therapy, and create safety risks to vulnerable riders.... Read More

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Training a Zorse: A Learning Theory Exercise

October 11, 2015

A trainer shares how he used learning theory principles to train a half-zebra with "complicated instinctive behavior."... Read More

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Help for a Girthy Horse

October 08, 2015

Do you have a cinchy horse? Follow this step-by-step advice to modify his behavior. ... Read More

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How Does Nose Twitching Affect a Horse?

October 02, 2015

Researchers concluded that nose twitches, when properly applied, are a humane restraint for short usage situations.... Read More