What is wrong with horses the way they are? By Alison Averis

Am I the only person to be concerned about the increasing trend to control and overcome natural equine behaviour? Now before all the training people leap on me, yes, I do know that all our interactions with horses have an effect on their behaviour, and that all training is designed to do just that. I’m […]

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The Latest Abstracts from the World of Equine Science and Other Useful Resources – Emma Lethbridge

Abstracts Attributing attention: the use of human-given cues by domestic horses (Equus caballus) Leanne Proops and Karen McComb Recent research has shown that domestic dogs are particularly good at determining the focus of human attention, often outperforming chimpanzees and hand-reared wolves. It has been suggested that the close evolutionary relationship between humans and dogs has […]

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Heart Rate Monitors – What can they tell us about stress in horses during training? By Emma Lethbridge

Recently I watched an episode of Monty and Kelly’s Horsemanship Essentials on Horse and Country TV. The series showcases the horse training methods of Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks. In the first part of the third episode of this series a heart monitor is worn by the horse – a lovely 3 year old Trekehner […]

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The Battle with Obesity – Part 1, By Emma Lethbridge

Summer is a great time for riders and horse owners alike, the long days and hopefully sunny weather bring greater opportunities for spending time with our much loved, four-legged friends. However, for some horse and pony owners summer can also be a worrying time and the start of an ongoing battle with their horse’s waistline. […]

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The Lastest Scientific Papers; January – June 2010. Information that you can’t afford to miss.

Here are a collection of abstracts from the lastest scientific papers, published in the first half of this year. Whether you are a casual rider or a professional horse person this is information that you need to know. I hope you enjoy this collection of abstracts as much as I did. If you have a […]

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Supplementing The Equine Diet, By Alison Averis

Dietary supplementation for horses is a vexed area where the scarcity of scientific studies, owners’ desires to do the best for their animals and enthusiastic advertising by manufacturers all conspire to make it difficult for anyone to know the best thing to do. There is nothing inherently dodgy or implausible about vitamins and trace elements. […]

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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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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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