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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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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A Guiding Statement for Equine Welfare

Another Equine Guelph course has come to an end. For the final activity, we were encouraged to develop a Guiding Life Statement for Equine Welfare and a few goals to guide us as responsible members of the industry, with welfare as a priority. I thought this would be an appropriate place to share the statement and […]

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I Heart Equine Guelph

My 4th course with Equine Guelph began this week, Equine Welfare. The instructor is the director of the program, who also instructed the Equine Industry course I took last term. At the beginning of both courses she encouraged students to reflect on our experience with horses, the role(s) we play within the equine industry and […]

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