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A man catches a domestic Mongolian horse in Khomiin Tal, Mongolia.
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Domestication came at a cost  to horses, say researchers

Domestication over millennia has boosted accumulation of harmful mutations.

Boring routines, picky bosses, limited rewards. Little wonder horses sometimes buckle under stress.
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Horse training: Why the science is flawed

There’s no such such thing as habituation in relation to training horses, writes Neil Davies.

Scratching that itch: Here's the rub over horse training
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Scratching that itch: Here’s the rub over horse training

You’ll never rub your horse up the wrong way if you follow this simple method.

Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. Photo: BLM
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No need to ‘go bush’ and follow the herd

Want to be herd leader? Don’t bother trying; horses know you’re not one of them.

Researcher Marianne Vedeler hopes that, in reconstructing the Iron Age tunic found on a Norwegian glacier, much will be learnt about how the textile was made, how time-consuming it was to make, and how the wool was used, explains . Photo: Yngve Vogt/University of Oslo
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Retreating glacier provides clues to the lives of Iron Age horsemen and hunters

Norwegian glacier even preserved a 1700-year-old woollen tunic.

After a month of lessons it's very easy to teach a horse to step over difficult obstacles. I start with simple and easy tasks and work up to more difficult problems.
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Give the flap the flick

I’ve never found plastic bags blowing in the wind or umbrellas suddenly opening a problem.

Conflict behaviors suggest even elite horses can lack preparation - researchers
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Conflict behaviors suggest even elite horses can lack preparation – researchers

Conflict levels in studied dressage and showjumping horses “high”.

The Texas-based charity Ranch Hand Rescue has paid for ground-breaking surgery to give Spirit a brighter future.
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Ground-breaking leg surgery to help therapy horse

Joint fusions undertaken to help Spirit bear weight and continue his work with children.

Using sense and sensitisation in horse training - or not
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Using sense and sensitisation in horse training – or not

The only part of any horse that anyone can teach is his mind.

Micro x-ray analysis revealed a well preserved foetus within the fossil of an ancient horse, Eurohippus messelensis. Photo: Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt
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Ancient horse fossil preserves uterus with unborn foal

Nearly complete fossilized fetus found in 47 million-year-old Eurohippus messelensis.

Become an unflappable horseman
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Become an unflappable horseman

Avoid the horse’s flight response by teaching him to stand whenever he’s worried.

Filippe Masetti's horseback journey covered 16,000km.
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Long Rider: “Dreams do come true”

What an adventure: 16,000 kilometres in the saddle from Canada to Brazil.

Researchers conducted wind tunnel simulations to measure aerodynamic drag force.
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Horse-racing position cuts drag by up to 66 percent – study

Big gains to be made through slipstreaming in races, research suggests.

Don't get in a flap: Say 'neigh' to tarps and flags
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Don’t get in a flap: Say ‘neigh’ to tarps and flags

Never scare your horse with the idea that he’ll ‘get used to’ something.

Horse-like head on oddball dinosaur
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Horse-like head on oddball dinosaur

Weird dinosaur most likely a regional oddity.

Link between rock-art sites and locations with strongest sound reflection, says expert.
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Ancient auditory illusions linked to sites of prehistoric art

Link between rock-art sites and locations with strongest sound reflection, says expert.

Group thinking in the horse world
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Group thinking in the horse world

Step outside “the group” and question everything you see and hear about horses and training.

Horse training: leave your ego at the arena gate
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Horse training: leave your ego at the arena gate

When working with a horse, forget about pecking orders, submission or winning and losing.

The mummified remains of the high-status woman found on the Ukok Plateau. Photo: Kobsev/Wikipedia
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Did a horse fall 2500 years ago play a part in woman’s death?

Fascinating account of last months of high-status woman who died on Siberian plateau.

Myths and legends from the round yard
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Myths and legends from the round yard

Round pen myths abound, but a horse being chased in one has only two options.

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