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5 Reasons Why Horses Behave Differently for Different People

Ever wondered why horses can behave so differently for different people? Perhaps you’ve been having a problem with your horse, but when your trainer rides they never seem to have the same problem.

Or you notice that a lesson horse you get along with really well is more difficult for other riders.

The reason one person may be more successful with a horse can seem obvious – if that person is more skilled.  But it’s now always this simple. There are other big reasons a horse may act differently with different people and I will explain 5 of these in the video below.

References:

Baldwin, Ann L.; Rector, Barbara K.; and Alden, Ann C. (2018) “Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults,” People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1 , Article 5.

Gehrke, Ellen & Baldwin, Ann & Schiltz, Patric. (2011). Heart Rate Variability in Horses Engaged in Equine-Assisted Activities. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science – J EQUINE VET SCI. 31. 78-84. 10.1016/j.jevs.2010.12.007. 

Smith AV,
Proops L, Grounds K, Wathan J, McComb K. 2016 Functionally relevant responses to human facial expressions of emotion in the domestic horse (Equus caballus). Biol. Lett. 12: 20150907. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0907 

Article by Lisa Feldman Barrett, What Faces Can’t Tell Us. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/opinion/sunday/what-faces-cant-tell-us.html?_r=0

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