How do Horses Communicate?

While some of their body language is quite explosive, much of horse communication is expressed through subtler signals- slight changes in facial expressions, the flick of an ear, the barely perceptible shifting of weight, a tail swish, and so on. Being able to properly interpret their signals allows us to interact with horses in a…

Scientists Calculate Horses’ Carbon Hoofprint

Scientists have calculated a way of measuring the estimated carbon footprint of sport horses. The project was carried out by Wageningen University & Research in partnership with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF). The team worked with stables in Sweden and the Netherlands to understand the amount of greenhouse gas emissions for which horses at different…

Understanding the Genetics of Performance

Your horse has a unique genetic makeup – and it’s full of valuable information! This priceless knowledge can empower you in many ways, from being able to make the best decisions regarding health and performance, to better understanding their temperament and suitability to a particular discipline, climate, or feed. From just 30-40 pulled mane or…

Wild Horses and Ecosystem Restoration in Appalachia, USA

Deep within the hills of Eastern Kentucky, amidst reclaimed mine lands near the town of Lovely, Kentucky, ten remarkable horses now graze peacefully across a sprawling 1,000-acre expanse. Unbeknownst to these captivating companions, this land has been earmarked for restoration, with a mission to re-establish ecological balance from years gone by – and remarkably, these…

The Science to Support Cold Hosing

Our horses are not only our teammates, but our partners and friends. One high school student asked herself as she hosed-off her horse after a hard ride, “What is the best way to take care of my horse after a ride?” For a school science project she researched what product or method works best to…

Can We Use Smells to Enrich the Environment of Horses?

Horse welfare has attracted the attention of both the scientific community and the public. In the domestic setting, horses are often kept in conditions that limit their expression of species-typical behaviors and compromise their welfare. Environmental enrichment strategies have been identified as an interesting option to make the domestic environment more interactive and complex, resulting…

Hay feeders vs. free choice: What is best for horses?

A horse’s access to food can affect their natural behavior and lead to health problems. To understand these changes better, researchers looked at several feeding methods including free-choice feeding or unlimited food access, slow-feeder, which also allows unlimited hay access but requires the horse to pull hay through a net, and an automatic box feeder.

The Art and Science of Jumping Saddles

At the core of the sport of show jumping lies the jumping saddle, a specialized piece of equipment designed to provide both horse and rider with comfort, balance, and safety during high-flying jumps. This comprehensive guide will explore the world of jumping saddles, examining their history, design, construction, and their crucial role in the world…