Horsemanship Science

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

July 14, 2016

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

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How Equine Memory Systems Work

July 14, 2016

Which memory system a horse uses each time he learns a task depends on a variety of factors. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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Behaviorist: Train According to Horses' Ethology, Cognition

July 08, 2016

Consider horses' unique abilities and needs to carry out welfare-friendly, efficient training, one researcher says.... Read More

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Study: Stress Impairs Horses' Learning Abilities

June 30, 2016

French researchers found that the degree of that impairment depends on training method and the individual horse.... Read More

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Top Tweets From the 2016 Equitation Science Conference

June 29, 2016

A collection of tweets and take-homes from the 2016 International Society for Equitation Science conference. ... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses 'Talk' to Human Handlers

June 09, 2016

New research has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.... Read More

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What Can a Horse's Facial Whorl Tell You?

May 26, 2016

A whorl's characteristics could help predict which direction a horse will turn in response to a frightening stimulus.... Read More

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Using Food Rewards During Horse Training

May 20, 2016

Does feeding treats help with learning or create cookie monsters? Find out from an equine behavior expert!... Read More

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Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More

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Pain, Behavioral, or Both?

May 19, 2016

Often, a horse's behavior problems are rooted in either pain or incomplete training. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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Study: Nosebands Can Cause Horses Stress

May 09, 2016

Signs of stress dissipated as soon as the crank nosebands came off, suggesting that the horses' welfare was compromised.... Read More

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Understanding Horse Behavior

April 28, 2016

Why do horses do the things they do? A behaviorist talks about how horses learn, stereotypies, herd dynamics, and more!... Read More

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10 Horse Behavior Resources on TheHorse.com

April 28, 2016

We've scoured our archives and gathered 10 resources you can use to decode your horses' behavior.... Read More

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Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which is Less Stressful?

April 28, 2016

Horses in the group housing situation had fewer stress indicators than those stalled individually, researchers found.... Read More

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Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?... Read More

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Do Riders Maintain Consistent Rein Pressure?

April 23, 2016

A rider's rein tension can vary within the same stride, which could have equine welfare repercussions, researchers said.... Read More

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Study: Low-Ranking Horses Harbor More Parasites

April 22, 2016

Researchers found a distinct link between dominance rank and parasite load in horses that had never been dewormed.... Read More

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Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More

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Scent's Influence on Breeding Stallions

April 15, 2016

Study stallions bred quickest if they had the scent of urine from mares in heat on their nostrils.... Read More

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Study: Depressed Horses Show Lack of Attention

April 14, 2016

These horses tend to overreact to challenging situations, potentially making them dangerous for novice handlers.... Read More

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Can My Horse Read My Thoughts?

March 31, 2016

A certified equine behavior consultant addresses the seemingly telepathic relationship some of us have with our horses.... Read More

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When Horses Don't Respond to Corrections

March 24, 2016

Our behavior expert looks at the reasons punishment often doesn't work with horses and offers alternative solutions.... Read More

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Are Chestnut Horses Crazy? Not Necessarily, Scientists Say

March 24, 2016

But, they were more likely to display "bold" behaviors (i.e., approaching unfamiliar objects) than bay horses.... Read More

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Equine Earphones Could Help Horses Relax

March 22, 2016

Horses tended to recover from stress faster if they listened to classical music through specially designed headphones.... Read More