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Equitation Science / Behaviour

Under the Influence: The Impact of Your Leadership Style

February 2018

Research on leadership in human societies has mostly been concerned with human relations in workplaces, especially those between managers and workers. Early research focused on how to make workers more obedient, useful, productive and efficient. Some people were just thought to be better - or more natural - leaders than others.  More recently, leadership is seen as a property that emerges from the relations between individuals. Moreover, the health, safety and wellbeing of workers is valued more than ever, and leadership now comes with great responsibilities of care. 

Equitation Science Conference Underway

October 2018

The 14th International Society of Equitation Science conference has begun! The world’s leading equine and welfare scientists have gathered in Rome to share their latest research at the 14th International Equitation Science Conference. This year’s ISES conference features one of the most exciting and varied programmes to date, with over 140 different plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations exploring the best of what’s new in equine science.

A Calmer Horse Could be a Sniff Away

September 2018

How many ways can you think of to stress out a horse? Floating, washing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, saddling - the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, calming options are not as easy. Thanks to research conducted at the University of Arizona, horsemen and horsewomen have a new tool to help manage equine stress, and it's as simple as a sniff. A sniff of lavender, that is.

Equitation Science 150 years after Caprilli: Theory and Practice, the Full Circle

September 2018

On September 21 the world’s leading equine scientists, students and practitioners will gather in Rome for the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference. This year’s theme of Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour will be addressed by equitation scientists presenting their latest research findings in a packed programme of plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations.

Nosebands: New Zealand votes to amend rules

August 2018

At their recent National Conference, Dressage New Zealand (DNZ) voted to amend the noseband rule which now states: "It must be possible to place one finger comfortably between the noseband and the nasal planum (front of the nose)". Whilst not quite the two-finger spacing that was originally submitted by North Island Riders Representative Alicia Zeludlko and Jody Hartstone with the support of area group Dressage Bay of Plenty, changing the place where noseband tightness is checked is a huge step in the right direction towards welfare improvements in their sport.

Ethical Equitation part 2 - Stop and Go

July 2012

Riding horses is more than just hopping on and riding, it is about understanding your horse and, specifically, how your horse learns. In last month's article Jody and Nicolette explained the principles that underpin ethical equitation. In this article they explain how to put the principles into practice, and how to teach your horse the basic responses - stop and go. This article will discuss some of the principles that underpin ethical equitation, helping us to effectively train an attentive and relaxed horse.

Ethical Equitation Part 1 - Training Principles

July 2012

Riding horses is more than just hopping on and riding, it is about understanding your horse and, specifically, how your horse learns. By training using Learning Theory you are giving your horse the best chance of success. LEARNING THEORY is about ethical equitation - it is about recognising that just because we can do something to a horse, it doesn’t make it an ethically sound practice.

Much Too Tight! On the Effects of Nosebands

May 2018

The following paper is an approved translation of a study first published in the German equine science journal Pferdeheilkunde titled: Kienapfel, K.; Preuschoft, H., 2010: Viel zu eng! Über die Verschnallung der Nasenriemen. Pferdeheilkunde 26, 178–185. 'Much Too Tight! On the Effects of Nosebands' Kathrin Kienapfel* & Holger Preuschoft *corresponding author: Kathrin Kienapfel/ Kathrin.Kienapfel@rub.de Abstract

Danish Set a Limit to Noseband Tightness

April 2018

A study led by veterinarian Mette Uldahl during 2014 and 2015, which examined 3,143 Danish horses after their competition performance found almost 290 had lesions or blood on the commisures of the lips. The risk of mouth lesions increased the tighter the noseband was fitted.  The findings have been accepted for publication in Equine Veterinary Journal, and have resulted in the Danish Riding Federation establishing a limit for noseband tightness across all disciplines.

E-BARQ: Make Positive Contribution to the Future of Horse Welfare

February 2018

You are invited to participate in the Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ). E-BARQ is an online survey that will continuously collect data on the training, management and behaviour of horses.

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