Horsemanship Science

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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

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Is That Horse Happy or Sad? His Whinny Will Tell

September 03, 2015

Researchers say it appears horses can transmit their emotions through their whinnies.... Read More

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Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

August 26, 2015

Cribbers allowed to crib during training had reduced stress levels than when they're not allowed to, researchers found.... Read More

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Are Fat Horses More Dominant Than Lean Ones?

August 22, 2015

Researchers found that dominant horses seem to be have higher body condition scores than their less-dominant herdmates.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Facial Expressions

August 11, 2015

Horses are capable of a wide range of facial expressions that aren't so different from those of humans and chimpanzees.... Read More

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Frightening Stimuli: Does Distance or Direction Matter?

August 08, 2015

It doesn't matter where a scary object comes from--if it's going to scare the horse, it's going to scare the horse.... Read More

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Study: Riding a Horse More Complex Than Riding Simulators

August 04, 2015

Researchers found that the simulator is less demanding and less complex, but can be stressful for riders.... Read More

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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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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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Researchers Compare Different Types of Horses' Temperaments

June 29, 2015

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