Antonia J.Z. Henderson

Articles by Antonia J.Z. Henderson - 28 results

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Behaviour

Making Sense of Horse Sense: The Clash of Umwelts

The concept of umwelt from the German word meaning “surrounding world,” refers to one’s species-specific perception of reality.

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Training

Horse Whispering Demystified

Whether natural horsemanship trainers have managed to recreate, in the human/horse dynamic, an equine social order is questionable.

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Health

Equitable Arrangements: Psychological Well-being For Elite Performance Horses

Although the physiological needs of today’s performance horses are more than adequately met, the fulfillment of their psychological needs may be lacking.

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Behaviour

Herd-bound: Understanding and Coping with Equine Separation Distress

Horses, like humans, are hard-wired to be social; separation elicits distress. This is normal behaviour – and it is adaptive.

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Behaviour

Positive Reinforcement: Where Does It Fit In Equine Training?

With positive reinforcement your reward is seeing your horse anticipate his work eagerly and respond enthusiastically as you gain a richer relationship.

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Behaviour

Brave Horses: Are they Born or Made?

Brave horses are most definitely made, not born. Falling squarely on the “flight” end of the fight-flight spectrum, horses are born not to be brave!

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Training

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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Breeding

Understanding Stallion Behaviour

Current breeding practices are a far cry from what a stallion encountered on the range, hanging out with his harem, find out more in this article.

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Training

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 explo

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Behaviour

Talking to Horses: Exploring Communication & Understanding

In this article equine psychologist Antonia J. Z. Henderson, Ph.D., explores communication and understanding between humans and horses.