Licking and chewing by horses during training is often interpreted as as a sign that the horse is learning or showing “submission” to the trainer. A new study suggests that this non-nutritive licking and chewing behaviour is a natural behaviour that is shown after a stressful situation.
A group of friends shared their horse science fair project ideas. Check out their ideas—they may inspire some of your own!
As much as horses love treats, and as much as owners love providing them, understanding the strong connections between horses and food is crucial to feeding treats effectively.
Were you taught that allowing a hot horse to drink too much too quickly while cooling down may be harmful? What is best for the horse?
The weekend of July 14, 15 marked the 40th anniversary of the first occasion New Zealand women rode against their male counterparts. Female riders now make up 43 per cent of New Zealand’s licensed jockeys and their impact is well-illustrated by the jockeys’ premiership for the 2017-18 season.
Research indicated that 70% of equestrians have experience with girth galls, sores similar to blisters caused by friction of the saddle. Crafted Equestrian designed a girth with an innovative pressure-release system using moisture-wicking fabrics and foams.
Bethany Williams-Holthouse’s thesis combined her love of horses with an interest in water management. Her innovative research into drought-proofing Australia’s horse properties has won a Queensland state award for emerging town planners.
Swiss researchers have learned that the “bucket test,” used to determine horse dominance, has its place, but it can give significantly different results than an all-day field test of horses at pasture.
Real Horse Rescues is a groundbreaking equine advocacy series that focuses on equine welfare and examines the underlying issues that lead to equine abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter.
Understanding how individual horses think and reason could help handlers be aware of their individual needs and strengths.