Horsemanship Science


Equine Earphones Could Help Horses Relax

March 22, 2016

Horses tended to recover from stress faster if they listened to classical music through specially designed headphones.... Read More

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


Thinking Like a Horse

March 04, 2016

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


iPads for Horses? Touch-Screen Technology in Equine Research

February 18, 2016

Touch-screen computers could remove the risk of human influence in research on equine decision-making and actions.... Read More


Horses, Humans, and Trust

February 11, 2016

Do horses experience trust the same way humans do? ... Read More


Horses Can Read Human Emotions, Study Shows

February 11, 2016

For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions.... Read More


Managing the Anxious Horse

February 05, 2016

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


Navigating Barriers: Can Horses Watch and Learn?

February 04, 2016

While equine social learning might be possible in some situations, it doesn't seem to work with spatial detour tasks.... Read More


Rutgers to Host Equine Behavior, Training Seminar

January 27, 2016

Speakers will discuss how horses learn and how that knowledge can be applied to training.... Read More


Researchers Study the Biomechanics of Collection

January 20, 2016

Scientists studied the kinematics of both horse and rider to better understand exactly what goes on during collection.... Read More


Can Horses Follow Humans' Pointing Gestures?

January 15, 2016

Horses trained with ground work learned to recognize finger pointing faster than those trained with other methods.... Read More


Hyperflexion in International Dressage: 1992 vs. 2008

January 05, 2016

Hyperflexion was more common in the 2008 World Cup than the 1992 Olympic Games in dressage classes, researchers found.... Read More


Don't Judge a Horse by His (or Her) Color

December 31, 2015

Is there any proof behind the hot-blooded chestnut mare stereotype? An equine behaviorist weighs in.... Read More


Study: Winter Shelter Preferences Vary Among Horses

December 31, 2015

In many cases, a good shelter with adequate food is enough to keep horses warm during winter weather, researchers found.... Read More

To diagnose navicular syndrome, veterinarians rely on the horse's history and a complete physical and lameness exam. Here, a horse is longed in a small circle to check his gait for abnormalities.


The Horse's Top Slideshows of 2015

December 28, 2015

Topics included navicular syndrome, equitation science, feeder and waterer options, rescue horses, and more.... Read More


Is Your Horse Happy in a Stall?

December 27, 2015

It's a question that can polarize equestrians. Here, one researcher shares what she's learned on the topic.... Read More


The Horse's Top Articles of 2015

December 24, 2015

Readers learned about a variety of topics from sweat marks under saddles and laminitis to beet pulp and hoof cracks.... Read More


Stop the Mugging! Using Treats in Equine Training

December 18, 2015

My trainer says feeding my horse treats has caused his poor ground manners. Should I stop?... Read More


Are Foals Born Early in the Year More Dominant?

December 13, 2015

Researchers found that older weanlings appear to be--and seem to stay--more dominant in the social hierarchy.... Read More


The Martingale's Effect on Rein Tension

December 11, 2015

Researchers determined that rein tensions were more consistent when horses were ridden with a martingale than without.... Read More


On Equine Research, Empathy ... and Elephants

December 08, 2015

Andrew McLean describes equitation science's beginnings and how learning theory can apply to far more than horses.... Read More


Understanding Automatism in Performance Horses

December 05, 2015

Why does a racehorse keep running after losing his jockey? Because of a brain function called automatism.... Read More


4 Exercises to Increase Rider Fitness and Horse Comfort

December 04, 2015

Researcher Jenni Douglas shares a few exercises that can help improve your strength and symmetry in the saddle.... Read More


Equine Sleep Patterns' Effects on Performance

December 03, 2015

Knowing if sleep patterns affect performance could prompt interest in sleep as an important horse management factor.... Read More


The Science Behind Horsemanship

December 03, 2015

Discover the latest research about equine stress, welfare, and training from the top equitation science conference. ... Read More


Professional vs. Amateur Round Pen Training Techniques

December 03, 2015

Researchers emphasized the importance of using subtle cues and having precise timing when training in the round pen.... Read More