Rein back is a window as to how a horse stops, slows and shortens his strides, says the Australian equine behavioural scientist Andrew McLean. It gives a lot of information as well as being an excellent exercise to bring up the back of a horse. In English it is called ‘rein back’, which is…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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