The Smiling Horse, The Lazy Horse & The Misbehaving Horse

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) the projection of what may be perceived by some as being strictly human emotional states (or […]

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Horses in My Life: The Ponies

These guys have a special place in my heart. Flash, the feisty Shetland pony I learned to ride on, and Patches, the gentle, calm, lemonade-loving Welsh pony my mother bought my sister and me for Christmas one year. There was a point in time when Patches had a fabulous mohawk. It’s entirely possible that one […]

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Breed Profile: Paso Fino

The Smoothest riding horse in the world! This video of a Paso Fino foal was making the rounds several months ago, right around the time I had to choose a breed to profile for an assignment in my Equine Industry course. Naturally, I had to learn more. Origin: Puerto Rico Aptitudes: riding horse Population Status: common Origins of […]

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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 “Dominance hierarchies, alpha positions or leadership in social groups of horses are man-made concepts that should not form the basis of human-horse interactions” (ISES, 2017). If a trainer/handler […]

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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. Natural horsemanship (NH) […]

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