Horse Sense or Nonsense: How Do You Decide? By Alison Averis

In the equine world there are many sellers of goods and services who say that their products will make your horse healthier, or happier, or easier to ride, or more likely to win competitions. How can you evaluate these claims, and sort out the facts from the fiction? And when does it matter? It matters […]

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Some Thoughts on Bounderies. By Catherine Bell

With my toddler’s second birthday fast approaching, the subject of boundaries is close to my heart. The “just you wait until….” brigade has been out in strength, warning me of the need to enforce boundaries before my toddler turns into a monster. Funnily enough, different people with the same message gave me similar warnings about […]

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Traditional Trainer or Modern Trainer? By Ben Hart

Often “modern” trainers talk about traditional training with a sense of moral high ground and perhaps a note of superiority creeping into the voice during any comparison of tradition and modern horse training. I think the term traditional is often incorrectly used as a substitute label for a belief that a method of training is […]

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Is Pressure-Release Without Punishment? By Emma Lethbridge

For a while a conundrum has been playing with my thoughts. It all started one chilly but sunny Saturday, during an ordinary training session, whilst training a horse that for the purposes of this article we will call ‘The Pony’. It was nearing the end of the session when The Pony tripped over a protruding […]

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How horses find their way home? By Suzanne Rogers.

Have you ever wondered how squirrels remember where they hid their food? Or how animals that migrate know the route to take each year? Or how birds living in large groups remember where their specific nest is among thousands? These are just some of the questions that spurred research into how the brain records information […]

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Horse Health, Management and Training – Why We Need Science. By Alison Averis

Once upon a time, a horse owner said to an alternative therapist: “Thanks very much for treating Billy last week. He was much more relaxed than usual in the stable that night, and he went really well when I rode him the next day – more forward going, more supple and more willing than usual. […]

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Horrific Abuse of a Horse at a UK College – Please Help Stop This From Happening Again. – Updated.

Beware that the below video contains scenes of animal abuse. I am saddened and horrified to report that this appalling abuse of a horse occured at a Uk college in the south west of England. There is never any excuse for this ignorant, and quite frankly abhorrent use of the whip. This is not horse […]

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My Gambian Experience By Joni Caswell

A few days later, after an hour long phone conversation, I was signed up to go to Gambia for two weeks in December 2009. My journey was soo amazing it has taken me a few weeks to process it all in my own mind, and it’s been harder still to condense it down in to a short article, but here it is…

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What Does it Mean to Train a Horse? By Ben Hart

How do I know that I am the person to work with a particular horse? Working with equines is not about the individual trainer or owner, no matter how great their equine training skills, marketing or publicity may be. It is about the sheer brilliance and ability of the horse, donkey or mule to figure out what on earth we humans want, what they have to do to survive, to receive rewards and to avoid discomfort. An incredible amount of equine intelligence and behaviour goes into just dealing with humans.

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