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Good horse behaviour starts with your behaviour
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Good horse behaviour starts with your behaviour

It’s pointless to blame your horse if he doesn’t respond as your theory predicts.

Horse training: spare the rod and the whip
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Horse training: spare the rod and the whip

Don’t get stuck in the past and try to emulate the old Classical Masters.

After a week or so of lessons I introduce a saddle cloth to this foal.
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Sitting on the fence no help in training horses

Getting a horse “used” to something shows a lack of understanding of how they learn.

Gravity and the art of the horse's back
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Gravity and the art of the horse’s back

The horse’s physique is a masterpiece which deserves true masters.

Pets help autistic kids develop social skills, study suggests
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Pets help autistic kids develop social skills, study suggests

US researcher found greater social skills among autistic children with household pets.

A rider mounts with pressure sensors fitted. Photo: University of Dundee.
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Many facets affect saddle fit, conference told

Saddle Research Trust International Conference told of new technology and research findings.

Ted Kalbfleisch, of the University of Louisville, is principal investigator in a project that will map a new reference genome for the domestic horse. Photo: University of Louisiana
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Project will vastly improve reference genome for horse

Dramatic improvements in sequencing technology will aid gene-mapping project.

Is safety valued in thoroughbreds in the riding horse market?
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Is safety valued in thoroughbreds in the riding horse market?

Australian researchers check out advertisements to find out.

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.

Leopard coat patterns in horses have gone in and out of popularity throughout the ages, new research suggests.
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Complex leopard spotting not always the height of fashion

Striking coal colour went in and out of fashion, researchers found.

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.

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