Articles - behaviour

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Exploring the Dominance Theory In Horse Training

The idea that a dominance hierarchy is critical to equine social organization and that we must act as alpha in order for our horses to respect us is flawed

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Can Horses Learn Behaviours by Watching Other Horses?

Most equine scientists would agree that horses don’t learn new behaviours by watching other horses perform them. Do you agree with that theory?

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Is Licking and Chewing a Sign of Submission in Horses?

Licking and chewing in horses originates from a surge in saliva output as the body switches from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.

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Fear Factors: Why Horses Spook

Equine psychologist Antonia J.Z. Henderson, Ph.D. discusses the science of fear in horses, including natural, hard-wired responses and learned behaviour.

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What to do When your Horse is the Herd Outcast

Restore harmony with expert advice on how to handle upset in the herd when one horse doesn’t fit in, and is cast out by the other horses.

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Do Horses Mourn the Loss of Another Horse?

Although there is little research on grief in horses, researchers have documented numerous instances of what looks like grief in a variety of other animals.

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What is Horse-Human Heart Coupling?

We like to think we are on the same wavelength as our horses. But recent research into heart coupling indicates that we may not be quite so in sync.

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Combating Stress in Equine Athletes

The demands of physical training, the lifestyle they lead, and pressure to perform are just a few elements that can cause stress in racehorses.

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Why Horses Paw and How to Prevent It

Equine psychologist Antonia J.Z. Henderson, Ph.D. explains the reasons why your horse may be pawing and what you can do to prevent this unwanted behaviour.

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How Can I Reduce My Horse’s Stress?

Equine psychologist Antonia J.Z. Henderson, Ph.D., describes how to tell if your horse is experiencing chronic stress and what you can do to help.