With kind permission of Equine Health magazine, Out and About Dressage is republishing this article which is relevant to any rider, trainer or horse carer and deals with constructive communication and equine-centred handling. Ben Hart, Behaviourist at the Donkey Sanctuary, looks at some of the issues that affect equine behaviour which we may not consider would cause a problem
DISCUSSIONS about equine behaviour often sound something like this, behaviourist: “I think the symptoms would be consistent with an equine under prolonged stress.” Owner (etc): “Stress what on earth has he got . . .
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