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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Why Does My Horse Yawn During Bridling?

October 01, 2015

What happens before bridling might hold a clue as to why this horse yawns when facing his bridle.... Read More


Is Your Equine Athlete Happy?

October 01, 2015

Scientists are on the hunt for reliable objective measures of positive emotions in horses being ridden and trained.... Read More


10 Learning Theory-Based Horse Training Principles

September 28, 2015

These principles can help riders maintain equine welfare, improve safety, and allow horses to perform at their best.... Read More


Learned Helplessness in Horses

September 24, 2015

When a person lays a horse down to show its submission, the animal might actually be using its last line of defense. ... Read More


Why Might a Young Horse Grind His Teeth Under Stress?

September 17, 2015

An equine behavior researcher addresses potential reasons a 3-year-old is grinding his teeth during training. ... Read More


A Mare's Complicated Trick or Something Else?

September 10, 2015

A reader wonders why her mare turns her head, grits her teeth, and sticks out her tongue. ... Read More


Study Examines Method to Reduce Pawing Frequency

September 04, 2015

It's all about teaching him that if he does something else--even standing still--he'll get a reward, researchers say.... Read More