Antonia J.Z. Henderson
The concept of umwelt from the German word meaning “surrounding world,” refers to one’s species-specific perception of reality.
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.
While negative reinforcement has been used traditionally in horse training, employing positive reinforcement can be rewarding for both the horse and rider.
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
Horse industry professionals and amateurs admire equine courage, equine personality, and speak disparagingly of horses who are “gutless.”
Cribbing is one of many stereotypies observed in numerous captive species, defined as ritualized, repetitive behaviour that appears to serve no purpose.
All too often horses are provided little prior exposure to clipping, are expected to stand quietly for a two-hour body clip, and are punished if they fail.
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