Horsemanship Science


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


Sending Signals

November 19, 2015

From biomechanical to psychological influences, what effects do we have on our horses while riding?... Read More

Pamela Nezil performed a dressage routine based around learning theory principles such as using signals the horse can differentiate, using consistency and repetition, and releasing pressure immediately when the horse responds.


2015 ISES Convention Highlights: How Horses Learn and More

November 18, 2015

Enjoy these highlights and article links from the 2015 International Society for Equitation Science Conference.... 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


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


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


Hyperflexion in Review

November 05, 2015

Does hyperflexion have negative effects or does it help improve horses' performance? Scientists review the research.... 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


Switzerland Bans Draw Reins From Jumping Competitions

October 26, 2015

To protect equine welfare, the Swiss equestrian federation has banned draw reins, effective Jan. 1, 2016. ... Read More


Understanding and Improving Stock Show Horse Treatment

October 23, 2015

One researcher shared her recently developed model for improving welfare in the stock horse industry.... Read More


Does the U.K. Performance Horse Industry Have a Color Bias?

October 23, 2015

Researchers observed a negative bias of block-colored and spotted horses, which could impact subjective evaluations.... 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


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

The study used a mechanical horse to measure the rein pressure applied by riders.


Rider Handedness Affects Rein Tension

October 07, 2015

Average rein tensions in riders' dominant hands were 34-45% greater than in their nondominant hands, a study found.... 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


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


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


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


Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

August 27, 2015

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


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