Horses in an Italian study showed an ability to identify life-sized head shots of their own species, and were later willing to pick out the images of a sheep instead of a horse to obtain the food reward.
The piaffe is acknowledged as one of the hardest movements performed by dressage horses, in which the animal raises and lowers alternating diagonal limb pairs while remaining in place. For a horse, it is an artificial movement that requires balancing skills, and is required to be performed in place only at the highest levels of…
In an ideal world, horses would be more motivated to respond to the cues of their handlers in stressful situations than giving in to their inherent fear response. In practice, many riders have found this is not always the case.
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The muscle activity in the powerful hindquarters of showjumping horses has been laid bare in a just-published study. Three-dimensional kinematic measurements (relating to the geometry of motion) offered data into fundamental muscle activity patterns of selected superficial equine muscles during the jumps, delivering findings that agreed with scientific literature on the functional role of equine…
Sable Island is a beautiful but remote island which lies about 175km southeast of the closest point of mainland Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to more than 500 wild horses. A major project on the island will include research into the effects of its iconic wild horses on the habitat.
An unearthed horse skeleton in Utah has provided valuable insights into how Native Americans cared for their mounts before Europeans had a permanent presence in the area.
Most people probably know that jockeys are weighed both before and after a race to ensure they are carrying the weight printed in the program or on the changes list, but unless you’ve spent time in the jocks’ room, you may not know the finer points of how the process works.
British researchers watched horses feeding in groups to find out if dominance is linked to weight gain. What they found might surprise you.
Horses tend to become bolder as they age, but not necessarily more independent, fresh research suggests. The findings indicate that boldness and independence are separate traits.