Are you interested in the profession of Horse Behavior Consultant, or are you a keen amateur or professional horse trainer? The following links provide science-based information about horses, training, and behavior change that may be useful to you.
Below are some of the books and textbooks that I have enjoyed learning from. Do I agree with everything all of the authors state? No, but that’s where my critical thinking skills have come in handy. I do think that each of these resources has something to offer those interested in learning about the horse, his management, and training. Used and out-of-print books can often be found on Ebay for a reasonable price.
Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists A great text for those serious about horses and horse behavior
Eclectic Horseman Magazine A horse-training magazine that takes a cross-discipline approach to horsemanship
The Horse’s Mind by Lucy Rees, An oldie but a goodie, The Horse’s Mind has plenty to offer
The Equid Ethogram: A Practical Field Guide to Horse Behavior by Sue McDonnell, A detailed catalogue of equine behavior
Equine Welfare by Marthe Kiley-Worthington
How 2 Train A ________ by Dr. Patricia Barlow-Irick
Knowing Your Horse: A Guide To Equine Learning, Training, and Behavior by Emma Lethbridge
Equine Behaviour: Principles & Practice by D. Mills and K. Nankervis
Behavior Modification for Horses: A Positive Method for Training Horses by Patti Dammier and Wendy Peabody
Feed Your Horse Like a Horse by Dr Juliet Getty
Circle F Horse Rescue Society Circle F Horse Rescue Society feels that all horses should be given the gift of Freedom – Freedom from neglect, Freedom from abuse and the Freedom to have a good home.
Coyote Ridge Ranch Quarter Horses Cutting, Reining, Ranch and Working Cow Horses
Knights Saddlery I’m own two of Andy Knight’s saddles. He is a master tree and saddle maker, a craftsman, and just a nice guy.
Mike Bridges I’m fortunate to be part of Mr. Bridge’s group devoted to learning the art of bridle horse development, The Project
Bad Dogs Gone Good People who own horses usually have dogs, and if you have dog problems I highly recommend Sarah Dykes, Dip DTBC, CDBC of Bad Dogs Gone Good.
Fear-based behaviors are common in horses, and if left...
True narcolepsy is rare in horses, but sleep deprivation is not.
This video shows an older mare who is sleep deprived, falling into REM sleep while standing. Horses must lay down to achieve REM sleep, and when deprived from doing so it may manifest as the behaviors you see here. Sleep deprivation is harmful to the health of all animals, so it is very important that your horse has the ability to lay down each day, and feels safe to do so.
Horses won't lay down to sleep for a number of reasons such as pain, lack of suitable resting sites, or when they don't feel safe to lay down. It's reported that two factors resulted in this mare not laying down to sleep - the arrival of a new horse, and undiagnosed arthritis pain ... See MoreSee Less
Sleep Disorder Case : Horses require 30mins/day REM sleep. Siri is a 22 year old Arab X mare. Last summer after a new, dominant horse was introduced to the herd, she lost weight and was seen to have frequent episodes of partial collapse, once falling onto her side. The episodes resolved, but a couple of weeks ago the same behaviour was observed again and New Forest Equine Vets were called in to investigate. Collapse in horses is fortunately uncommon, but when it does occur can obviously be hazardous to both horse and handlers. Three types of 'collapsing' are seen in horses; seizures, syncope (fainting) and sleep disorders. Siri underwent a very thorough clinical examination including neurological and musculoskeletal assessments, and had a range of blood tests performed. The most significant findings were; The original association of the behaviour with the arrival of a new field-mate. A low grade right hind lameness, with severe persistent right hind pain with flexion tests. The gradual lowering of the head, before the front legs buckle. We also found a cardiac arrhythmia; Siri has a second degree AV block, but this is a normal finding in horses and would not cause fainting. Siri's condition is a Sleep Disorder. True narcolepsy can occur in horses, and is usually associated with events like grooming or saddling. Siri is most likely suffering from sleep deprivation. Horses require 30 minutes of REM sleep per day and although they can doze standing up, they need to lie down for REM sleep. We expect that when the new dominant herd-mate arrived, Siri was not comfortable to lie down in the field with him. Now she has lameness and finds it painful to flex her right hindlimb, which is likely to be preventing her from wanting to lie down to sleep. She is currently on a bute (pain relief) trial, and her owner has made her a lovely deep stable bed that she is coming into daily to encourage her to lie down – so far, no further collapsing episodes have been seen. A very interesting case and a good reminder of how important it is for horses to feel comfortable, physically and psychologically in their herd/environment, so that they don't miss out on their REM sleep.
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