Horsemanship Science

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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Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

December 02, 2016

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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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

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What's in a Horse's Yawn?

November 03, 2016

Researchers found that yawning appears to be closely associated with social interactions and, possibly, social stress.... Read More

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An Equine Simulator: The New First Horse?

October 20, 2016

Researchers say using a simulator could allow novice riders to train in a safe environment and safeguard equine welfare.... Read More

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Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable.... Read More

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Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

September 15, 2016

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability.... Read More

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Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

September 01, 2016

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being.... Read More

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Managing the Fearful and Anxious Horse

August 25, 2016

Do you feel unsafe with your horse when you're on the ground or riding? Our behavior and vet experts are here to help!... Read More

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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 Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

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