Horsemanship Science

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How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.

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Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More

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Managing the Anxious Horse

September 03, 2017

Find out how to keep you, your prone-to-worry horse, and those around him safe.... Read More

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Studying the Obvious

August 17, 2017

Why do researchers spend time studying basic equine behavior questions when the answers seems so obvious?... Read More

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Does Parade Participation Stress Horses?

July 22, 2017

On average, horses' stress levels remained within the range observed during routine work and management.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

July 20, 2017

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors.... 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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10 Horsemanship Science Resources on TheHorse.com

July 13, 2017

Learn about horsemanship and how to incorporate learning theory in your own horse training.... Read More

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Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

June 02, 2017

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem.... Read More

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Equitation Science Society Position on Training Techniques

May 26, 2017

The International Equine Science Society released a statement on techniques that could compromise horse welfare.... Read More

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Habituation vs. Learned Helplessness in Horses

May 03, 2017

Learn about a welfare-friendly way to desensitize horses.... Read More

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How to Teach a Horse to Cross Water

April 07, 2017

Dr. Robin Foster offers a step-by-step guide to teach a horse to step into bodies of water without drama.... Read More

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2017 Equitation Science Conference Taking Place Nov. 22-25

April 06, 2017

The conference will be held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.

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Fixing Treatment Aversion in Horses

April 02, 2017

An equine behaviorist offers tips on managing potentially stressful situations to which horses might react adversely.... Read More

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Special Shirt, Girth Help Evaluate Horse, Human Interaction

March 31, 2017

Riders might soon be able to monitor their horses' physiological emotional responses and compare them with their own.... Read More

Horses respond distinctly to different caretakers and appear to anticipate people's moves.

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Thinking Like a Horse

February 05, 2017

By gaining a better understanding of how horses associate and learn, can we train them more effectively and ethically?... Read More

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Will Coaxing a Nervous Horse Reinforce Her Nervous Behavior?

February 02, 2017

Some people believe petting a fearful horse will teach it to act more upset in the future. Read what our expert says.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Podcasts of 2016

December 31, 2016

Audio features on behavior, old horse care, mud management, skin issues, caring for your new horse, and more.... Read More

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Sending Signals

December 28, 2016

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

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TheHorse.com's Top Videos of 2016

December 27, 2016

View videos on vision, fear, the hoof, assessing the foal after birth, EIPH, trimming old horses' hooves, and more.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Articles of 2016

December 24, 2016

Articles on behavior and equitation science, wound care, laminitis, beet pulp, hoof care, and more were popular in 2016.... Read More

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Study: Horses Ask Humans for Help With Unsolvable Tasks

December 20, 2016

Horses faced with a problem they couldn't solve used visual and tactile signs to get human attention and ask for help.... Read More

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Whips Banned in Australian Harness Racing

December 12, 2016

In a groundbreaking move, racing authorities have declared a nation-wide ban on the use of whips in harness racing.... Read More

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Study: Some Horses can Learn by Watching Humans

December 02, 2016

Researchers confirmed that horses learn socially across species, in this case from familiar humans.... Read More

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Study: Stable Studs Strategically for Better Sperm Quality

November 10, 2016

Researchers say studs have better-quality semen when housed next to other stallions before being stabled next to a mare.... Read More

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Does Electric Fencing Stress Horses?

November 04, 2016

Electric fencing might not cause horses extra stress, but most stay farther away from an electric fence than a wood one.... Read More