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Equine Behaviour

Do horses really need a 'herd leader'?

Do horses really need a 'herd leader'?

Some trainers base their methods on the idea that every horse needs a 'leader' as they believe horses would have an 'alpha' or a 'leader' naturally within the herd. Is this really the case?

Keeping your horse cool in hot weather

Keeping your horse cool in hot weather

As the summer temperatures rise and we all rush outside to get some sun, it is important to remember that our horses may not feel the same as we do and often struggle in the heat.

The Alternative Horse Walker

The Alternative Horse Walker

I'm not a huge fan of horse walkers, but this is a novel idea. This device is an interesting way of changing a horse's motivation to move.

Why does my horse do that?

Why does my horse do that?

Is your horse telling you something when he's yawning, pawing the ground or licking and chewing?

What would your horse like for Christmas?

What would your horse like for Christmas?

There seems to be a growing confusion over what our horses like, want, or even need. Horse owners are encouraged to focus on feed, supplements, tack, gadgets or the next new innovation in rugs and ignore the bigger picture.

What does a horse see in the mirror?

What does a horse see in the mirror?

Interesting film of a horse's reaction to seeing her own reflection. She is clearly confused and goes to look behind the mirror to see where the 'other horse' is.
 

 What really makes a horse happy?

What really makes a horse happy?

Having a happy horse isn’t just about our own peace of mind – it provides tangible benefits. But how do you know if your horse is really happy?

To rug or not to rug, that is the question...

To rug or not to rug, that is the question...

It's that time of year again, many horse owners are watching the weather forecast to help decide which type of rug to put on their horse. But should we really rug them up at all?

 Is your horse stressed?

Is your horse stressed?

Horse owners often think their equines have an easy life - but in fact, stress could be negatively impacting on their horse’s health and wellbeing far more than they realise.