Researchers Use E-BARQ to Assess Horse Behaviour

For years, equitation scientists have worked to collect evidence-based data about horse behavior, management, and training. With the launch of a tool called E-BARQ, they might finally be able to achieve that goal. The online questionnaire allows owners, trainers, and industry professionals to evaluate and monitor horse behavior, training, and management over time.

Unique Horseshoes Mimic Barefoot Benefits

Researchers tested the forelimbs of the eight horses. Hooves were given one of three treatments — barefoot, fitted with a conventional shoe, or fitted with a split-toe shoe. The conventional shoe was a standard steel shoe with a toe clip. The split-toe shoe is a new shoe designed to enable heel expansion. The shoe has…

Equine Emotional Intelligence

Horse owners often wonder if their horses are expressing emotions or equine emotional intelligence. While they may not have the same capacity for complex human emotions like shame, embarrassment, pride and guilt, there is evidence that horses feel pain, loneliness, grief, happiness or contentment, and other simple emotions.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Horsemanship

For almost a decade, the Montana Center for Horsemanship has partnered with the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont., to offer the nation’s first and only accredited four-year Bachelor of Science degree in natural horsemanship. Students can pursue two- or four-year degrees in natural horsemanship and customize their educational experience by choosing from four…

Building a Round Pen

Are you interested in adding a round pen to your facility? Horse people from different disciplines share advice for sizing, locating, and selecting footing for a round pen.

Horses and Higher Ed

You don’t have to put your equine enthusiasm on the back burner while you pursue an equestrian college degree. Horse Illustrated explains some of the common equine majors related to equestrian college degrees.