Have you ever felt that special connection with your horse? Have you had that feeling that you and your horse are on the same wavelength, connected as one, following the same emotions, and bonding through some invisible link?
Researchers describe an experiment in which 38 horses were invited to choose which of two lidded buckets contained a carrot. The horses had the benefit of two informants who pointed at the buckets — but only one knew which bucket contained the carrot. The other did not.
In equestrian dressage, horses maneuver through complicated, dance-like choreography. The animals pirouette, step high, extend their legs long, and side step to music, signaled by an expert rider. Olympic teams are turning to special composers to put together music tailored to highlight the best qualities of the horse and the routine.
Horses tend to prefer one eye to inspect the sudden appearance of objects in their environment, researchers have found, but they were surprised that the left eye did not dominate.
Researchers in Italy have developed what they describe as a reliable and valid behavioural test to assess whether a horse is halter-trained.
A typical work day for a Belgian draft horse on an Amish farm is to plow the fields until lunchtime, eat a bucket of oats, then head back out to plow until dinner. So when a draft horse named Ronnie started having trouble breathing three years ago, he couldn’t finish all of his chores. Because…
An Italian study shows horses know horse faces in photos, but not faces of other animals. The finding reveals information about how horses see 2D images.
Researchers found that horses facing scary or stressful situations deal with them better when accompanied by another horse, regardless of whether the horses know each other.
Many users of auxiliary reins in a just-published study had them adjusted too tightly and did not change them despite the risk of related breathing problems.
Have you ever had a horse refuse to eat a certain feed, treat, or supplement? If so, he might not like the way it smells. While plenty of studies exist on horses’ flavour preferences, little consideration has been given to horses’ preferences for smell. For example, researchers have shown that anise increases the palatability of…