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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. 

Much Too Tight! On the Effects of Nosebands

May 2018

Translation of: 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.

Through Their Eyes: Assessing Our Horses' Quality of Life

February 2018

Take a moment to think about what the term ‘equine welfare’ means to you. Does it describe the animal’s physical condition or does it speak more widely of the animal’s ethology, such as whether it has the opportunity to express natural, species-specific behaviours? Does it mean something deeper still, perhaps delving into the subjective realms of equine happiness, contentment, joy?

Collaboration the Way Forward for Horse Welfare

February 2018

When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and their jockeys, to challenge long held beliefs and values, and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions, it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way.

Equitation Scientists Call for the Development of a Single Descriptive Ethogram

February 2018

Ask a veterinarian, a judge and a farrier to describe a particular horse and you might get three very different answers. Show them a set of behaviours, and ask them to name and characterise them, and you might well believe they were observing different horses altogether. This might be amusing as a party game, but when it comes to discussing behaviour at a scientific level or to comparing one behaviour study with another, it presents a unique set of problems.

Equitation Science Focuses on Collaboration at International Conference

January 2018

When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and people, to challenge long-held beliefs and values, and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions, it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way. But, the best pioneers are also able to harness the power of collaboration and prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A common theme echoed throughout the recent International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference Down Under 2017, which took place in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is what ISES Hon Fellow, Prof.

How to Play the Breeder's Cup Lasix

December 2017

Since pre-race Lasix is allowed in America, the drug is listed on the program so the players (punters) can effectively parlay the Lasix horses.   Having practised as an attending Thoroughbred and Standardbred veterinarian back in the day, and subsequently following the medication notes on the forms of racehorses through time, I developed a sense of how to 'play the Lasix'.   I know better than to gamble where so many permitted drugs are allowed - with so many unknown consequences.   Highland Reel is getting Lasix and so will be favoured over Ulysses in the Turf.

The Science of Selection

November 2017

In last month’s issue, we visited Victoria Police’s Mounted Branch. This month we’re staying on the subject of police horses, with an interview with Marc Pierard, an equitation scientist from Belgium. Marc is conducting ongoing research into the horse selection criteria that could be used by mounted police units - and his work is likely to have multi-faceted benefits for horses and their riders.

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