Antonia J.Z. Henderson
The concept of umwelt from the German word meaning “surrounding world,” refers to one’s species-specific perception of reality.
Whether natural horsemanship trainers have managed to recreate, in the human/horse dynamic, an equine social order is questionable.
Although the physiological needs of today’s performance horses are more than adequately met, the fulfillment of their psychological needs may be lacking.
Horses, like humans, are hard-wired to be social; separation elicits distress. This is normal behaviour – and it is adaptive.
With positive reinforcement your reward is seeing your horse anticipate his work eagerly and respond enthusiastically as you gain a richer relationship.
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!
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.
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.
Can you accurately identify equine psychological well being? In this first of a two-part series, equine psychologist Antonia Henderson explo
In this article equine psychologist Antonia J. Z. Henderson, Ph.D., explores communication and understanding between humans and horses.
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