Equitation Science (Page 2)

Horses are not meant to be confined to stables. Welfare. Box Stalls and Welfare

box stalls and welfare A gilded cage is still a cage. For horses, “gilded cages” come in the form of luxurious box stalls, clean and maintained, with modern sliding doors, windows to the outside, padded mats, wide aisles between the rows of stalls, and riding facilities just outside the mainRead More →

The Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ)

The Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ) The Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ): Since ancient times, horse behaviour and the bond between horses and humans, have been a source of intrigue and fascination. The horse-lore that has accumulated over the centuries is a rich mix of bothRead More →

Clipped horse. Horse behaviour research

Since ancient times, horse behaviour, and the bond between horses and humans, has been a source of intrigue and fascination. The horse-lore that has accumulated over the centuries is a rich mix of both useful practice (approaching horses from their left side, making them slightly less reactive) and unsubstantiated myth,Read More →

horse-human interactions. Safety in the horse industry

Safety in the Horse Industry. Every year, 20 Australians lose their lives to horse-related incidents, and hundreds more are hospitalized. But according to an industrial safety risk management specialist, it doesn’t have to be that way. If people in the horse industry followed the example of other high-risk industries andRead More →

the happy horse

If you’ve been around horses long enough, you know the scene. A friend says, “Now that’s a happy horse! Just look at him!” And meanwhile, you’re thinking, “Wait, happy? Are we talking about the same horse? That’s not what I call a happy horse.” As interest in equine welfare grows,Read More →