BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS
I had a moment of confuzzlement recently. Reading equine body language does not come from watching several horse videos or from owning horses for many years. 938 more words
“If a measure is to be useful as a welfare indicator it must be valid (meaningful in relation to animal welfare), reliable (produce consistent results when used by different observers/scorers) and feasible (practical for contemporaneous assessment in the field)” (Waran and Randle, 2017, p.75). 1,300 more words
The training of horses relies on their tractability and the ability to extinguish or overshadow their innate inter- and intra-species behaviours, such as flight and sexual behaviours (McDonnell, 2003). 1,710 more words
Equitation science and applied ethology, that is, the scientific study of horse behaviour in the human domain (McGreevy & McLean, 2007), can greatly reduce risks related to human-horse interactions while simultaneously enhancing equine welfare with an effective, evidence-based approach to training and riding based on the natural and adaptive behaviours of horses, their specific behavioural needs and preferences, communication, cognitive abilities, and motivation (Goodwin, McGreevy, Waran & Mclean, 2009; Hall et. 863 more words
an·thro·po·mor·phism: the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to an animal or object.
It is important to distinguish between two types of anthropomorphism. One is fairly innocent and may merely be used as a way to relate to animals (a) … 965 more words