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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?

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.

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?

Can you recognise when your horse is in pain?

Can you recognise when your horse is in pain?

The last couple of years have seen a welcome increase in the research of equine body language, with some fascinating studies looking at the expression of pain in horses.