‘Hard mouth’ vs. ‘soft mouth’

It is thought that a horse that pulls, leans and in other ways fails to respond quietly to rein pressure is called a ‘hard mouthed horse’, whereas a horse that is light and calmly responsive to rein aids is said to have a ‘soft mouth’. No horse is born with a hard mouth or a…

Can Wolves and Horses Co-exist?

Does the conservation of the species justify the cost to those who have to live alongside a top predator? And from a horse riders’ point of view, does a wolf present a serious threat to an animal as large as a horse? The team from Equine Science Talk International delves into this topic in their…

AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program allows AQHYA members to learn the fundamentals of horsemanship and compete for scholarships. The priority deadline to apply for the 2022 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development program is August 15, 2021, with a final deadline of October 1, 2021, to apply.

The Best Way to Win a Horse Race? Mathematicians May Have the Answer

Start fast, but save enough energy for a final kick. That’s the ideal strategy to win short-distance horse races, according to the first mathematical model to calculate how horses use up energy in races. The researchers say the approach could be used to identify customized pacing plans that, in theory, would optimize individual horses’ chances…

How Does Stall Structure Influence Horse Behaviour?

Despite the spatial and social restrictions it causes, single stall housing is still common in sport and riding school horses, leading to the emergence of abnormal behaviours such as stereotypic or abnormal repetitive behaviours. This study compares the behaviours of horses maintained for a long time in two types of stalls differing mostly in the…