Articles - behaviour

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The Happy Athlete Part 1

Can you accurately identify equine psychological well being? In this first of a two-part series, equine psychologist Antonia Henderson explores why our own understanding of a horse's happiness is prone to error.

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Calming Products: The Kinder Alternative?

There are good reasons for trying to reduce equine stress levels. In this article, learn which products are available to do so.

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Does My Horse Love Me?

This article explores whether horses experience the feeling of jealousy towards a rival who may threaten the bond they share with their human owner.

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Herd Dynamics: Keeping the Peace

Horses living in a natural social herd form intraspecific social hierarchies that serve to minimize aggression rather than exacerbate it.

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Herd Harmony: Why Can’t We all Just Get Along?

Equine psychologist, Antonia J.Z. Henderson, Ph.D., dispels myths about herd dynamics and offers advice to encourage horses to get along.

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The Positives of Negative Reinforcement

With negative reinforcement, we achieve the desired behaviour by taking away something unpleasant. Keep reading for more information.

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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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Preventing Biting in Young Horses

Horses play with each other with their teeth and hooves, and young horses have not yet learned that playing with humans similarly is not on the agenda.

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Out of the Darkness

If you see some of the signs of depression in your horse, what can you do? The first step, both Fureix and Mason agree, is to have your vet check the animal

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What Makes Horses “Stubborn”?

Rather than labeling a horse as stubborn, equine psychologist Antonia J.Z. Henderson, says people should look for the root cause of a refusal to comply.