Equine Behavior and Training Articles

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Should Horses Begin Training While They are Young and Still Growing?

April 27, 2021

If you are willing to be open-minded and are truly interested in what is best for horses, I would suggest clicking on the link below and reading the article to which it takes you.

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How Horses Learn

September 25, 2017

Most human learning psychologists probably consider only two main types of learning—classical conditioning and operant conditioning. In this article, we will cover these two types of learning along with some other types that are considered special forms or circumstances of the two main types. You may have heard of some of these, and they are not unique to horses—they apply to humans and other animals as well.

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Natural and Artificial Gaits of the Horse

September 25, 2017

The study of equine locomotion is a study of motion, physics and style. Horses have been bred over the centuries to express their movement for speed, athletic prowess, comfort and pure excitement. For simplicity's sake, the gaits recorded for the equine species have been divided into two categories, natural and artificial. We will discuss the gaits associated with each category and provide many videos to help explain the horse’s movement being performed at each gait.

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What in the world is "learning theory" and what does it have to do with me and my horse?

September 25, 2017

Learning theory is a summary term for what we know from psychology and horse behavior about how animals (in this case, horses) learn and respond to training. There’s a saying in the horse world that every time you work with your horse, you are either teaching him something or unteaching him something.

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Play Behavior in Horses

September 25, 2017

Understanding the “normal” behavior of a horse will help you to know whether your horse is behaving normally or not. This knowledge will help you determine the appropriate management plan for your horse. While behaviorists will discuss equine behaviors using similar terms, there may be some variation in the categories used.