To maximize a strong and productive relationship with our horses, a better understanding of how horses perceive the world is helpful. Their sensory environment is not ours and we can never experience it firsthand. But by learning about it and observing our horses carefully, we can enjoy a better connection with this beautiful animal.
In most cases, the majority of a horse’s diet should consist of forage, such as hay. A hay analysis can help you determine if your horse is on a well-balanced diet and can also be useful when managing horses diagnosed with nutrition-related disorders. When reading a hay analysis, values will be reported “as sampled” and…
Do you know your horse conformation phrases? Here are some common conformation terms and phrases. See what you know and maybe learn something new!
Domestic stables potentially create several challenges in terms of sleep quantity and quality for horses.
A look at some of the colleges in North America which offer courses in all things equine, from veterinary to race riding to breeding.
As the COVID-19 pandemic reminded us, we humans are social animals who can suffer mentally from isolation. New research supports the view that horses also get stressed without the company of their own.
A research team wanted to determine how much repetition horses need to learn a new skill. So they trained each of 20 horses to back up, lower the head, lift the hind legs, and turn the head for two days a week over six weeks. As a cue, they put pressure on parts of the…
The best way to think about this is to picture a horse working to move a 33-pound weight 1000 feet in the air in one minute. That’s one horsepower.
The current limited knowledge on equine smells poses a risk that horse behavior does not match human expectations, they said, as horses might react fearfully when exposed to certain odors, which humans do not consider as frightening. Learning more about equine smell could therefore boost our understand of horse behavior and reduce the risk of…
They’ve roamed free for hundreds of years, but is that freedom harming the ecosystem they call home?