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 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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“Getting” a horse’s attention… By Catherine Bell

Linda Parelli recently increased her notoriety when a YouTube video of her working with a horse received “trial by internet” (the Linda Parelli video mentioned). Her response to the wide-ranging criticisms included the reason that she needed the horse’s attention to be focused on her in order to work him safely. This prompted further on-line […]

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The Different Techniques Known as Clicker Training, By Emma Lethbridge.

When considering a way to train their horse using positive reinforcement, most horse owners find themselves investigating clicker training. However, once the horse owner starts to read into clicker training, or visits a few clinics, it soon becomes apparent that different trainers use clicker training in different ways. Clicker training is not one singular technique, […]

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Why is who we are as people so important to who we are as trainers? By Ben Hart

The science of behaviour does not yet have all the answers to the questions posed by our horses; in fact it does not have all the explanations for human behaviour and learning fully defined. When dealing with the elements of behaviour which are unknown, our interpretations are supposition of behavioural intent. We make assumptions on […]

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The Politics of Presupposition, By Damian Stenton.

Presuppositions can be described as central principles or beliefs that provide a guiding philosophy for our lives or systems within which we operate.  They are called ‘presuppositions’ because you pre-suppose them to be true and act as if they were. Now, there are countless many presuppositions out there which we have all personally formed and […]

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Thoughts on Pressure Halters, By Ben Hart

Are pressure halters and thin rope halters good or bad? Pressure halters are just collections of webbing, buckles, brass fittings or plastic they are not inherently good or bad. That said people immediately leap to the conclusion that it is the hands that hold them that determine their label. I personally don’t think it is […]

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