Horsemanship Science

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Noseband Tightness in Competition Evaluated

August 25, 2016

Many nosebands were so tight that even the tip of the measuring gauge could not fit under at the frontal nasal plane.... Read More

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Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

August 23, 2016

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn.... Read More

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Can We Objectively Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels?

August 18, 2016

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity.... Read More

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Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

August 11, 2016

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

August 08, 2016

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training.... Read More

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Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... 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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Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

August 04, 2016

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do.... Read More

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How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

August 03, 2016

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found.... Read More

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Are Equine Personality Traits Heritable?

August 02, 2016

Researchers studied personality trends in draft horses, Warmbloods, and draft-Warmblood-crosses to find out.... Read More

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.

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Does Exercise Impact Horses' Nighttime Resting Behavior?

July 28, 2016

Horses spent less time resting at night during weeks they worked than they did during weeks they didn't, scientists say.... Read More

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Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

July 24, 2016

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science.... Read More

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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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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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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