Horse Behavior Resources

Original Article: www.horsemanshipnetwork.com/

Further Information On Friendship Training by Chuck

“I always recommends to prospective students a preliminary if not greater in-depth understanding of equine culture and normal herd dynamics in their natural environment that can only be gained from equine research scientists and ethologists (NOT the anecdotal musings of ‘trainers’). As you continue through the Levels, various other reading/study requirements are strongly recommended in addition to the required study curriculum.

We realize that for some, this may be regarded as ‘going back to night school.’ But really, the required reading/study material is minimal, and it will give you a much greater, in-depth understanding not only of your horse, (and ALL horses) but also WHY we still have so many behavioral issues and ‘horse problems’ after working with an animal that has remained unchanged mentally, emotionally and instinctually for 6,000 years.”

*The first of these essential study requirements and undoubtedly the most important is the audio/visual life documentary of a wild mustang chronicled by Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Ginger Kathrens. The VHS tapes or DVDs are available if needed.

A free online version of all three parts are available at:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cloud-wild-stallion-of-the-rockies/full-episode/260/

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/clouds-legacy-the-wild-stallion-returns/introduction/62/

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cloud-challenge-of-the-stallions/introduction/936/

*The next is Dr. Burton’s Chapter 7 excerpt (one page) as a neural/physiological primer at:
http://www.gla.ac.uk/external/EBF/uhcc7.html

* This paper has been kindly reproduced with permission from the Proceedings of the BEVA Specialist Days on Behaviour and Nutrition. Ed. P.A.Harris et al. Pub. Equine Veterinary Journal Ltd.

http://www.quia.com/files/quia/users/medicinehawk/1507-Behavior/The-Natural-Horse.pdf

As is this documentation from the Havemeyer Foundation.

http://research.vet.upenn.edu/HavemeyerEquineBehaviorLabHomePage/ReferenceLibraryHavemeyerEquineBehaviorLab/HavemeyerWorkshops/HorseBehaviorandWelfare1316June2002/HorseBehaviorandWelfare2/TheImpactofNutritionandFeedingPracticesonE/tabid/3117/Default.aspx

These are BOTH ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to gain a more complete understanding of our horse’s perception of the domesticated world he lives in and gain at least a minimal appreciation of the Horse’s extremely sensitive sensory systems and the fact that they can see things we cannot see, hear things we cannot hear, smell things we cannot smell, and sense things we could never imagine.

*Perhaps of most importance is Dr. Sue McDonnell and Daniel Mills (The Domestic Horse: The Origins, Development and Management of Its Behaviour). This is not furnished in the course but may be economically obtained at Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1dqdRsH

Most libraries also carry it, (or can have it available through intra-library loan).

Another prerequisite is Andy Beck’s E-book at:

http://www.bbhm.info/

http://www.equine-behavior.com/Downloads/ppp.htm

A brief starter on barefoot hoofcare:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F9FVUdAAPg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2ZofRxB1bU

Short saddle fit primer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=40WzB00NhF8

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