Antonia J.Z. Henderson

Articles by Antonia J.Z. Henderson - 18 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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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

The Use of Positive Reinforcement in Horse Training

While negative reinforcement has been used traditionally in horse training, employing positive reinforcement can be rewarding for both the horse and rider.

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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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Training

Mind for the Job: Understanding Equine Personality

Horse industry professionals and amateurs admire equine courage, equine personality, and speak disparagingly of horses who are “gutless.”

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Behaviour

Why Does My Horse Crib and How Do I Get Him to Stop?

Cribbing is one of many stereotypies observed in numerous captive species, defined as ritualized, repetitive behaviour that appears to serve no purpose.

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Training

De-Stressing Clipping

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.