Evolving protocols for research in equitation science.

Pierard, M., Hall, C., Kong von Borstel, C., Averis, A., Hawson, L., McLean, A., Nevison, C., Visser, K., McGreevy, P. 2015. Evolving protocols for research in equitation science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 10, 255-266. Abstract Within the emerging discipline of Equitation Science, the application of consistent methodology, including robust objective measures, is required for sound…

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Do vendors value safety in the Australian recreational (non-Thoroughbred) riding horse market?

Oddie, C., Hawson, L., McLean, A., McGreevy, P. 2014. Do vendors value safety in the Australian recreational (non-Thoroughbred) riding horse market? Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 9, 375-381. Abstract The importance that vendors attribute to safety when selling a horse may be estimated by examining the relationship between the use of positive and negative descriptive terms…

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Training the ridden animal: An ancient hall of mirrors.

McLean, A.N., 2012. Training the ridden animal: An ancient hall of mirrors. The Veterinary Journal. Personal view invitation, 2012 Opening paragraph (no abstract) The scientific ingredients for efficient, safe and ethical training have become progressively available to humanity during the past half-century. Yet surprisingly, when compared with the uptake of technological information, their acceptance in…

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Overshadowing: A silver lining to a dark cloud in horse training?

McLean, A.N., 2008. Overshadowing: A silver lining to a dark cloud in horse training? Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 11, 3, 236-248. Abstract Overshadowing is a process known in behavioral science that occurs when two stimuli of different strengths are applied simultaneously to a nonhuman animal. Typically, the stronger stimulus overshadows the weaker one,…

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The positive aspects of correct negative reinforcement.

McLean, A.N., 2005. The positive aspects of correct negative reinforcement. Anthrozoös, 18 (3). Abstract In the scheme of contemporary animal training, horse training is virtually unique because it relies on negative reinforcement (NR) rather than positive reinforcement (PR). Furthermore, horse trainers are largely unaware that they are using NR in training. Instead, they believe in…

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The result of selective pressures on food acquisition?

McLean, A.N., 2001. Cognitive abilities: The result of selective pressures on food acquisition? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 71, (3) 241-258. Abstract Locating and capturing food are suggested as significant selection pressures for the evolution of various cognitive abilities in mammals and birds. The hypothesis is proposed that aspects of food procuring behaviour should be strongly…

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Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare.

McLean, A., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare. Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2010) 5, 187-195. Abstract This review considers some contemporary training and restraining techniques that may lead to confusion or abuse in ridden and non-ridden horses. As competitive equestrian sports boom, the welfare of…

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Ethical equitation. Ethical equitation: Capping the price horses pay for human glory.

McLean, A., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Ethical equitation. Ethical equitation: Capping the price horses pay for human glory. Journal of Veterinary Behavior 5, 203-209. Abstract Ethical equitation is nowadays coming into sharp focus in equestrian culture. Concerns surround the ethics of sports based on controlling an animal’s locomotory responses and in using animals such as horses…

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