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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.

ISES Rome 2018: In search of La Dolce Vita: What constitutes 'The Good Life' for horses?

August 2018

This September, the world’s leading equine scientists will gather at the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome to share their latest research findings and discuss what constitutes a good life for horses. The conference theme is Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour. Many horse owners believe their horses live ideal lives with optimal welfare.

Tongue Ties: Trying to See the Whole Picture

July 2018

Whenever we want to get to the bottom of a question regarding equine performance, welfare, nutrition or disease, we must consider the science. Scientists make it their lives' work to drill down on their areas of interest in an effort to answer all the questions they and their peers have in that area. The value of their work is tremendous: it guides us, shapes our understanding and, eventually, our behaviours and actions. 

A Vaccine for Queensland Itch

July 2018

The type of allergic dermatitis known as Queensland Itch, Summer or Sweet Itch has so far proven impossible to cure and difficult to manage, but a new study suggests a vaccine may soon be available to provide the relief horses and their owners are looking for. Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is an allergic reaction to the bite of the female Culicoides midge, a blood-sucking insect found in all countries except Antarctica, New Zealand and Iceland.

Learn to Recognise Subtle Lameness

July 2018

The Animal Health Trust has released a four-part video series to help horse owners and service providers learn to recognise subtle lameness. The result of many years of groundbreaking research, these videos are a must watch for all. One of the United Kingdom's most eminent equine orthopaedic specialists, Dr Sue Dyson, is playing a leading role in a series of new educational videos aimed at helping riders, owners, trainers and veterinarians to recognise musculoskeletal pain and subtle lameness sooner.


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