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Improving communication of scientific evidence would enhance horse health and welfare, concludes survey

January 2019

Horse owners, carers and yard managers in the United Kingdom believe that scientific research has positive impact on horse welfare, yet most find the science difficult to understand and act upon. An online survey was conducted by Chantil Sinclair a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), supervised by Dr Jackie Cardwell, Dr Nicola Menzies-Gow (RVC) and Dr Carrie Roder (Anglia Ruskin University) plus Dr Pat Harris (WALTHAM).

Equitation Scientists Challenge 'Misinformation' Presented at WHW Conference

December 2018

In an open letter, the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) asked World Horse Welfare (WHW) to publicly rectify "a number of incorrect claims and insinuations" made by Olympian and WHW trustee Richard Davison regarding noseband research at their recent conference. Roly Owers, MRCVS, WHW chief executive responded and praised Richard Davison for sharing his personal opinions and encouraging debate on issues affecting sport horse welfare. Hon. President of ISES was asked by WHW to publish the response and it can be downloaded here. 

Joint disease and Pain in horses

December 2018

Joint injuries in horses have a real impact, not just on the horse but also the owner, these diseases can result from an injury that is quite acute to a more chronic condition such as osteoarthritis. Joint injuries are the most common cause of lameness within performance horses (and horses in general), and very often mean the horse’s career will come to an end. Cartilage that normally covers the ends of adjoining bones can be damaged which results in reduced joint movement and soreness.

The 'Speed Gene' in Thoroughbred Horses

December 2018

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic basis that explains why some Thoroughbred racehorses are better equipped to race over sprint distances and others over longer distances. The Irish scientists, from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (UCD), have discovered the inner workings of a known 'speed gene', which directly affects skeletal muscle growth and, in turn, race distance aptitude.

Do horses get stressed when bitted for the first time?

November 2018

New research has found that introducing the bit to a young horse for the first time can be a stressful process for them. However, this stress could be difficult for most people to identify unless they are taking physiological measures,­­ because the horse may not show visible stress behaviours. Introducing the bit is, traditionally, one of the most important training procedures in a young horse’s life. The majority of our performance horses are ‘bitted’, so this process forms a key part of the foundation training for many horses.

6 Ways to Improve Your Horse's Natural Disaster Resilience

November 2018

In this article, you will find six basic principles you can incorporate into your daily interactions with your horses to help you prepare for extraordinary events and improve your horse’s natural disaster survival and resilience. Since 2010, Dr Kirrilly Thompson has been researching the ways in which animals and animal ownership impact human preparedness and responses to natural disasters. The research

Are You Over-training Your Horse?

October 2018

If you are repeatedly training your horse to do the same task every day, you could well be spending your time more productively. New research has found that horses have similar learning progress and remember a task just as well, when they are trained every three days, as when they are trained daily.

6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse

September 2018

Horses are flighty and suspicious by nature but they can also easily get used to (habituate to) things that would normally cause them fear. A thorough understanding of the behavioural science that explains the learning mechanisms which result in habituation has enabled Dr Andrew McLean from Equitation Science International, to adapt this natural process into six reliable training methods that work with all horses and make habituation faster, safer, and much more reliable. What is habituation?

Starting Romeo - Part 7: Saddle Up!

September 2018

Whether your horse is un-started or already going under saddle, but you feel these are areas that need a little work, you’re in the right place. In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine is taking  us deep into the essential foundation lessons for any horse.

Developing Focus

September 2018

We can ride with focus or we can ride while being distracted. The difference will be enormous. The distractions can come from your mind as well as from your environment. First step: The first step in improving your focus while riding is to become aware of the distracting thoughts. I am talking about all your, what ifs should dos have to dos These need to stay at the gate. The biggest distractions generally originate inside our own head. The memories of what has happened in the past and the worries of what might happen in the future.


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