Horsemanship Science

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Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

July 22, 2015

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know.... Read More

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Researchers Compare Different Types of Horses' Temperaments

July 19, 2015

Factors such as age, breed, discipline, and more can impact a horse's temperament, scientists found.... Read More

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ISES Plenary to Focus on Human Behavior and Show Horses

July 18, 2015

The annual equitation science conference will take place Aug. 5-8 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.... Read More

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Who's the Herd Leader? It Depends, Researchers Say

July 16, 2015

Researchers determined that the dominant horse is rarely the one who takes the first steps to get the herd moving.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Fearfulness and Learning Ability

July 04, 2015

While fearfulness might seem like a negative trait, it can be quite beneficial in some scenarios, scientists found.... Read More

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Can We Determine Foals' Learning Abilities?

July 03, 2015

Researchers tried several methods by which to measure foals' learning abilities with mixed results.... Read More

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A Look at Switzerland's Equine Protection Laws

June 28, 2015

Switzerland is a leader in animal rights legislation, and the impact on horse management is significant.... Read More

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Researchers Examine Horses' Social Statuses

June 24, 2015

Dominant horses are typically older, larger, and less fearful than other horses in a herd, researchers found.... Read More

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Study: Enrichment can Improve Hospitalized Horses' Welfare

June 09, 2015

"Enriched" clinics could help improve equine welfare, leading to quicker healing times and safer environments for staff.... Read More

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Some Stallion Voices More Attractive to Mares Than Others

June 04, 2015

Stallions with low-pitched whinnies were more fertile and more attractive to mares than those with high-pitched voices.... Read More

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Conference to Explore 'Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges'

May 28, 2015

The 2015 International Equitation Science Conference will focus on promoting ethical equitation for all disciplines.... Read More

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Study: Dams Shape Foals' Relationships With Humans

May 28, 2015

A good relationship with the dam is an easy way to promote positive interactions between foals and humans.... Read More

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Researchers Debut Simplified Equine Temperament Test

May 16, 2015

They also identified a significant correlation between certain temperament parameters and jumping performance.... Read More

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How Researchers Judge Horses' Temperaments

May 11, 2015

Learn about the "Complete Temperament Test," which is designed to measure five dimensions of equine personality.... Read More

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Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

May 08, 2015

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

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Study: How Horses Use Their Eyes and Ears to Communicate

April 09, 2015

Researchers recently took a closer look at how horses use their faces and ears to communicate with herdmates.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Starting Horses Under Saddle

March 23, 2015

Of the 700 respondents, 522 (75%) said yes, they have started a horse under saddle themselves.... Read More

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Device for Studying Horses' Lying Down Behavior Tested

March 17, 2015

The device could allow researchers to evaluate normal--and abnormal--lying behavior and how it relates to welfare.... Read More

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Univ. of Edinburgh to Offer Online Equitation Science Course

March 09, 2015

The course can be taken as a standalone course or credited to the University of Edinburgh's MSc in equine science.... Read More

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Standardizing Equitation Science Research

December 01, 2014

One researcher says it's important to reach a consensus on how to conduct equitation science research.... Read More

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Do Horses Learn by Watching Each Other?

November 26, 2014

Sometimes it seems like horses pick up behaviors from each other. But it might be for reasons different than you think.... Read More

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Elastic Rein Inserts' Impact on Communication and Training

November 23, 2014

Researchers say elastic rein inserts could interfere with effective communication and training.... Read More

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Getting Equitation Science Research Into the Real World

November 14, 2014

As knowledge in this field advances, researchers hope to share findings with horse owners via veterinarians.... Read More

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Do Horses Prefer Patting or Scratching?

November 12, 2014

Recent study results lead researchers to believe a scratch wins over a pat as a more effective reward.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Equine Stress Levels at Competitions

November 09, 2014

Cortisol levels were higher during a competition than at home, and they continued rising throughout the event.... Read More