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Tag: "equine behaviour"

Take a moment to think about what the term ‘equine welfare’ means to you. Does it describe the animal’s physical condition or does it speak more widely of the animal’s ethology, such as whether it has the opportunity to express natural, species-specific behaviours? Does it mean something deeper still, perhaps delving into the subjective realms of equine happiness, contentment, joy?


Ask a veterinarian, a judge and a farrier to describe a particular horse and you might get three very different answers. Show them a set of behaviours and ask them to name and characterise them and you might well believe they were observing different horses altogether. This might be amusing as a party game, but when it comes to discussing behaviour at a scientific level or to comparing one behaviour study with another, it presents a unique set of problems...


As we move forward with Equitation Science research, we do so on the shoulders of those enlightened pioneers who have gone before, whose lessons we can build upon in our quest to improve horse welfare, training and management. In equitation, who are these influential Giants and what have they contributed?…


Sue McDonnell PhD is an equine behaviorist who founded the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and conducts clinic studies to explore changes in equine behavior to establish the reasons behind changes and offers solutions as to how they can be resolved.

Gemma Pearson BVMS MRCVS, a Clinical Scholar in Equine Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Services in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) discusses how to help your horse be 'vet friendly' and overcome the anxiety associated with veterinary treatment. 

Equine behaviourist, Marc Pierard from Belgium, discusses the practical implications of assessing temperament in police horses and how this can inform selection of horses for other purposes.