Horsemanship Science


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


Researchers Debut Simplified Equine Temperament Test

May 16, 2015

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Foals Follow Dams' Leads When Dealing With Scary Objects

November 01, 2014

Researchers found that foals that watched their dams calmly handle scary objects ended up being less fearful themselves.... Read More


Do Professionals Judge Horse Behavior Like Scientists?

October 16, 2014

Researchers found that equestrian professionals appear to disagree with scientists on horses' head and neck positions.... Read More


Study: Cortisol and Noncribbing Cribbers

October 14, 2014

When cribbers did not crib, their salivary cortisol levels were up to 38% higher than those of noncribbers.... Read More

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.


Why Equitation Scientists Love Dressage Star Valegro

October 13, 2014

The British Grand Prix horse has become equitation science's sweetheart. Find out why.... Read More


Strengths and Limitations of Equine Stress Measurements

October 11, 2014

Measuring equine stress isn't as easy as it might sound, one researcher said. Here's a review of the current techniques.... Read More


Embedding Equitation Science in Vet Student Cirriculum

September 28, 2014

One university integrated equitation science into their program to teach behavior and learning theory.... Read More


Five Equitation Science Resources on

September 25, 2014

Equitation science is a field of study that looks at equine behavior and welfare, and how horses and humans interact.... Read More


An Introduction to Equitation Science

September 22, 2014

Join acclaimed equitation scientists to find out how this field of study can improve you and your horse's relationship.... Read More


Consensus on Equitation Science Research

September 21, 2014

Equitation science's aim is to provide evidence that can improve horse training, performance, and welfare.... Read More


Could Learning Theory Lead to Objective Dressage Judging?

August 16, 2014

One scientist believes learning theory could be used to produce more objective dressage scoring.... Read More


WEG and Welfare: Are They Compatible? Science Says Yes!

August 11, 2014

Our reporter wonders if competitions reach the borders of unethical, but top researchers say that's not so.... Read More