Ethological challenges for the working horse and the limitations of ethological solutions in training

Ethological challenges for the working horse and the limitations of ethological solutions in training   McGreevy1, AN. McLean2   1Faculty of Veterinary Science (B19), University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. 2Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, Clonbinane Road, Broadford, VIC 3658, Australia.     Abstract   By definition, ethology is primarily the scientific study of animal behaviour,…

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Methodology for the use of rein tensiometers in analyzing rein tension in the ridden horse (Equus caballus): a review.

Davies, M., Hawson, L., McLean, A., McGreevy, P. 2011. 7th International Equitation Science Conference, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.   Abstract Bits have been used to control horses since 4,000 BC. As the bit rests in the diastema, a sensitive and physically vulnerable area of the buccal cavity, problems may emerge when used incorrectly. Excessive pressure…

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Training methodologies differ with the attachment of humans to horses.

DeAraugo, J., McLean, A., McLaren, S., Casper, G., McLean, M., McGreevy, P. 2014. Training methodologies differ with the attachment of humans to horses. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 9 (5), 235-241.   Abstract Our investigation is the first to use attachment theory to explore four commonplace training methods (Conspecific, Behavioral, Eclectic, and Conventional) and owners’ levels…

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How equitation science can elucidate and refine horsemanship techniques.

Goodwin, D., McGreevy, P.D., Waran, N, McLean, A.N., 2009. How equitation science can elucidate and refine horsemanship techniques. The Veterinary Journal 181, 5–11.   Abstract The long-held belief that human dominance and equine submission are key to successful training and that the horse must be taught to ‘respect’ the trainer infers that force is often…

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Deciphering the cues from riders’ legs.

Hawson, L., Koprinska, I., McLean, A., McGreevy, P. 2011. Deciphering the cues from riders’ legs. 7th International Equitation Science Conference, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publisher. View ISES proceedings   Abstract Medially directed pressure cues from the riders’ legs are an almost universal signal for acceleration across equestrian disciplines. We have developed a system for measuring…

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