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The Potential Perils of Natural Horsemanship Part 2: Natural for whom? Challenging the myths 

The second part of The Potential Perils of Natural Horsemanship challenges some common beliefs inherent in the practice of natural horsemanship.

The ‘alpha’ & the dangers of dominance… 1,429 more words
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The Potential Perils of Natural Horsemanship Part 1: Round-pen training

With advances in welfare science and equitation science, great strides have been made in horsemanship, training, and veterinary practices. We now have a much richer understanding of equine cognition, learning abilities, social needs and behaviour, which all play an important role in the evolution of species appropriate training and handling techniques. 1,536 more words

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Imprint Training Part 3: Minimally Invasive Neonatal Interactions

Because of potential harm through the creation of states of flooding and learned helplessness in foals, imprint training represents a serious equine welfare issue and is not a recommended practice.   1,040 more words

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Imprint Training Part 2: Less Invasive Approaches

While Miller’s methods are extreme, there are less invasive variations of imprint training, which omit the insertion of fingers into the ears, nostrils, and anus, with interactions spaced out over a longer period of time. 359 more words

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Imprint Training Part 1: Perceived Benefits & Welfare Issues 

Imprinting refers to the process by which a young animal establishes a primary social bond with another animal (usually its mother) shortly after birth, from whom it will receive information about its environment and learn specific behaviours at critical periods of time and stages of development (Williams et al., 2003; Henry, Briefer, Richard-Yris, & Hausberger, 2007). 1,236 more words

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Equitation Science

While scrolling my Facebook newsfeed this morning, I noticed a question from Hippologic,  What horse book would you like to recommend to experienced equestrians? 377 more words

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From Docile Horse to Bucking Bronco

Having looked at an unwanted behaviour arising from barrier frustration i.e. stall confinement for the previous post, I thought I’d take a look at an unwanted behaviour under saddle for this one. 426 more words

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