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Horses as Healers

Equine-assisted therapy is becoming more widely accepted as an effective complementary treatment for a host of mental health issues. So, what’s so magical about the horse? ...

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Bombproof Your Horse Part 5: Putting it to the Test

Get suggestions for ways to put your skills to the test and challenge your horse's ability to remain calm and willing. ...

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What to do When your Horse is the Herd Outcast

When your horse doesn't fit in....

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Fear Factors: Why Horses Spook

A look at the science of fear in horses....

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How Smart is Your Horse?

What research has told us about equine behaviour and cognitive capacity...

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Combating Stress in Equine Athletes

Ways to reduce stress for Thoroughbred racehorses....

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Positive Reinforcement: Where Does It Fit In Equine Training?

Regardless of whether the spin comes from George Morris, Anky von Grunsven, or Monty Roberts, all horse training relies on the same basic principles of learning theory, grounded in over a hundred years of psychological research. ...

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Mind for the Job: Understanding Equine Personality

Equine scientists have measured equine personality, and if we could select the ideal modern sport horse trait we would choose ‘brave.’ Unfortunately, since horses were not designed to be brave, we need to nurture their ‘inner lion.’...

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Do Horses Mourn the Loss of Another Horse?

What we know about equine grief....

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Emotional Rescue: Exploring Love & Loss in Equines

Equine psychologist, Antonia J.Z. Henderson, Ph.D., explores whether and to what degree horses experience love and loss....

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