I already wrote about horses and yawning once this week, but it bears repetition. Yawning is a displacement signal. It tells an aggressive herd member to take a chill pill and relax. There is no danger. Breathe, man, breathe.
Anna Blake has a great article on yawning as a calming signal here.
Oh, and you can probably tell that my experiments with colour are ongoing. Let me know what you think.
Epona TV’s newest blog article, Bare Necessities, touches in beautifully on the infamous Milgram experiment and on how we as riders tend to cave for authority rather than for horse welfare.
Read it here.
What is positive reinforcement and how does clicker training work? Fair Horsemanship has posted an excellent article upon the subject. Enjoy!
Horsecollaborative, an equestrian’s site somewhat infamous for showcasing the best and the worst, and everything in between, has hit the nail spot on with this one: Mind your dang head, wear a helmet. And some of the videos are hilarious, too.
What is your horse thinking? How does fear work in horses’ brains and why do they spook seemingly at random? This article goes in-depth with equine fear: What is your horse thinking?
Note: I disagree with the article on one count: The leader principle where you establish yourself as the horse’s leader and make it move out of your space. I’d rather have the horse accept me as a wiser member of the herd and want to be in my space. But apart from that, this is a really interesting article.