Matching training methods with a horse's cognitive capacity is central to maintaining a balanced social interaction between horse and human.
Hundreds of years of domestication have not erased the fear and stress of separation from the herd that is ingrained into the amygdale.
'Bomb-proofing' is a popular catch-phrase for what is essentially a systematic process to desensitize horses to frightening objects and situations.
EndoTapping was developed by the French master horseman, J.P. Giacomini, as a way to initiate a state of relaxation in horses during handling and training.
Spooky horses can erode our confidence as riders. We get nervous, the horse gets tense and it can derail the most well-planned de-spooking program.
You can expect to spend several hundred dollars for a pair of quality custom chaps. But, chaps are an investment that will last for years.
Many argue that equitation science is too mechanical, artificial and formulaic to capture the relationship that humans have with horses
You've done the work, and you and your horse are now a confident, skilled team. So, what's next? Time to take on a challenge - obstacle courses.
It can be hard initially to predict or control how introducing them to each other will go, and sometimes the first meeting can be pivotal.
Positive reinforcement isn’t just for dogs – it can also apply to training horses. Find out how to make your horse want to work for you.
Schooling under saddle continues to instil or improve the basic lessons your horse was learning on the ground. Through lunging or long-lining you have developed a reliable stop and go button as well as the ability to read your horse’s …
Most experts now agree that confining horses to stalls and feeding them concentrated feeds increases the risk of developing stereotypies.