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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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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Variability of scores in the 2008 Olympics dressage competition and implications for horse training and welfare.

Hawson, L.A., McLean, A.N., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Variability of scores in the 2008 Olympics dressage competition and implications for horse training and welfare. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 5, 170-176. Abstract Olympic dressage involves “an intimate unity between a human and a non-human” and is scored by a subjective judging process, under…

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Variations in the timing of reinforcement as a training technique for foals.

Warren-Smith, A.K., McLean, A.N., Nicol, H.I., McGreevy, P.D., 2005. Variations in the timing of reinforcement as a training technique for foals. Anthrozoös, 18 (3) 255-272. Abstract Horses are used worldwide for a range of activities. Their usefulness and welfare in these pursuits are strongly influenced by their trainability, which may in turn be influenced by…

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