The COVID-19 lockdown can teach us a lot about the pain of enforced social isolation that is the established industry norm for our equine athletes.
After months of being apart, horse owners wonder if their horses will remember who they are after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
We love our horses and hope they love us. But do they? Here, we review what research has shown, and how to build a stronger relationship.
Equine psychologist Antonia Henderson, Ph.D., discusses why horses need their whiskers, even if having them means looking less polished in the show ring.
Licking and chewing in horses originates from a surge in saliva output as the body switches from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.
Although there is little research on grief in horses, researchers have documented numerous instances of what looks like grief in a variety of other animals.
Lameness, which would appear to be the most obvious indicator of pain severity, is often not the most accurate assessment of the extent of injury.
Since we can’t ask our horses to fill in questionnaires or conduct interviews about their feelings, we don’t know if horses experience depression.
Cribbing is one of many stereotypies observed in numerous captive species, defined as ritualized, repetitive behaviour that appears to serve no purpose.
Horse industry professionals and amateurs admire equine courage, equine personality, and speak disparagingly of horses who are “gutless.”