18 Jan
If a horse could go shopping, what would they buy?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Equine news | 0 comments

I have asked the question ‘What do horses need?’ many times in many different situations in many different countries. The answers are never the same and always provide new insights into the complicated nature of the relationship between horses and humans. At first, people answer with the obvious response – food and water – but further probing prompts discussions about training, shade, shelter, grooming, veterinary care and much more. I often run this exercise as a framework for an introduction to welfare, so next, I ask the group to explore the criteria that should be met to fully meet that need. For example under the need for ‘food’, criteria might be that ad lib forage should be available, that concentrated feed is provided in a clean bowl, that food is good quality, perhaps...

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17 Dec
Exploring welfare: More than just a shiny coat

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Imagine that you run a rescue centre and one day, you found a little creature in a box that had been dumped by your gates (see picture). There is a note that says “We can no longer care for this creature, there is only one person in the world who...

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13 Nov
Step by Step

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Can you remember learning something new? Perhaps learning how to ride a horse, drive a car, touch type or scuba dive… Take a minute to reflect on a skill you have learnt. Were you instantly confident? If not, how did you gain confidence as you...

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23 Oct
Horses in Social Media

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

With the explosive increase in people using social media, such as Facebook, I find myself continually being brought into discussions about various horse training methods or ‘funny’ clips. Usually these are accompanied by a message that says...

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23 Sep
Is it Bad if my Horse…?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

By Suzanne Rogers, Certified Equine Behaviour Consultant (IAABC) In my work as an equine behaviourist I am often asked if it is ‘bad’ when a horse does certain behaviours such as licking and chewing, yawning or pawing the ground. Owners know...

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16 Aug
Exploring Separation Anxiety

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

As an equine behaviourist one of the common reasons people contact me for help is separation anxiety – their horse isn’t coping when taken away from other horses or when left alone. Sometimes horses form such a strong bond or attachment to...

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18 Jul
Equine behaviour: tackling the cause not the symptom.

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

There are many roads to Rome … but some will get you lost.   When people encounter problems with their horses they tend to go through a range of responses – some immediately call the vet as they suspect, or want to rule out, pain as a...

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15 Jun
When is an aggressive horse not aggressive? When he is playing!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Sometimes in my work as an equine behaviourist it is enough to change people’s perception of their horse or pony without working on solving the ‘problem’ through behaviour modification. A good example is a case I saw nearly ten...

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18 May
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 3: management systems

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Last month’s article focused on the enriched horse at pasture. This month we look at two increasingly popular management systems for field-kept horses that can be used to help improve both horse welfare and behaviour and soil health. The Paddock...

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18 Apr
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 2: the enriched horse at pasture

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Last month we looked at the benefits of environmental enrichment for the stabled horse, or one on box rest. This month’s article focuses on the horse at pasture. When we turn out a horse in a field we, quite rightly, think that we are improving...

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17 Mar
Environmental enrichment, and why it’s a good thing. Part 1: the stabled horse

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Equine news | 0 comments

Environmental enrichment is the improvement of an animal’s environment, physically, socially, or both. It is currently a hot topic in agriculture and zoos as a means of decreasing stress and – in farm animals – increasing productivity, and is...

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