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Horse 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.

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.
 

Putting a stop to napping

Putting a stop to napping

When hacking out, things don’t always go to plan – not every horse is keen to leave the yard, some may nap, spin and attempt to turn for home. This can knock the confidence of even the most experienced rider.