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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.

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.

Two jaws from anthracobunids recovered from 48 million year old sediments are pictured next to a horse skull. The study found that anthracobunids were an ancient relative of horses, rhinos, and tapirs. Photo:Cooper Lab, Northeast Ohio Medical University
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Asian fossils confirmed as close relative of modern horses

Unearthed bones add to understanding of the evolution of odd-toed ungulates.

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise.
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Half-halt the key to getting your horse on the bit

There is a specific aid to put your horse on the bit.

The buck stops here
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The buck stops here

If every horse was started without fighting and bucking, there’d be no ‘problem’ horses.

An artist's impression of the Yukon Horse, dating back 26,000 years.
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Are North America’s wild horses native?

Equus the only surviving genus in a once diverse family of horses that included 27 genera.

Sidesaddles and suffragettes - the fight to ride and vote
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Sidesaddles and suffragettes – the fight to ride and vote

The sidesaddle once represented social, political, and equestrian domination.

Teaching your horse to moove forward
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Teaching your horse to moove forward

To move a horse forward, you must apply pressure in the green ‘flight zone’.

Lots of tow: is Toyota's VX Limited Landcruiser the best towing vehicle out there?
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What’s the best second-hand vehicle for towing a horse trailer?

There are plenty of options, but which is the ultimate towing vehicle?

Safe ways of tying up your horse
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Safe ways of tying up your horse

Follow these simple rules on safe tying up to avoid drama and injury.

Regaining your confidence after an accident
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Regaining your confidence after an accident

Advice on ‘physical fear’ and getting back in the saddle after a fall.

Imke Bartels-Schellekens and Sunrise.
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How to get the correct canter lead every time

Tips and exercises to help train your horse to pick up the correct canter lead.

The horse as a 'prey' animal
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The horse as a ‘prey’ animal

Natural selection and survival instinct has wired horses to run first and ask questions later.

The response a horse gives may not be the one you hoped for but it’s merely what the horse sees as being best under the circumstances.
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Horses and respect: Fact or fiction?

A horse’s response is just a response. It’s neither appropriate nor inappropriate.

Danny, his skin glistening in the sun after an iodine wash and having the manure scrubbed off his legs, enjoys a little grass on his second day in foster care.
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The stallion who came in from the cold

A tale of neglect and two lives drawn together.

Any horse will learn to come to you for feed.
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How to catch any horse

Never chase a hard-to-catch horse. If he’s nervous and worried it will frighten him more.

Euthanasia: Planning for the final goodbye
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Euthanasia: Planning for the final goodbye

Planning ahead will ultimately make the decision easier, suggests Barbara Sheridan.

New film explores theory around ancient origins of the appaloosa horse
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New film explores theory around ancient origins of the appaloosa horse

Journey into central Asia the adventure of a lifetime.

How to use your most valuable training tool
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How to use your most valuable training tool

Giving a horse time to relax is an important part of the training process.

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