Equine Wellness: Horses’ Sense of Touch

Equine Sensitivity Requires Our Thoughtful Handling by Barbara Breckenfeld   Horses use their sense of touch to navigate their environment, but it also includes how they experience being touched by others. Touch is a major part of our interactions with them: grooming, checking legs, picking feet, haltering, leading, riding, driving, …

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Equine Wellness: Horse Sense(s)

How Horses Taste, Smell, and Hear By Barbara Breckenfeld, LAMP   It’s well known that many animals’ senses are more acute than ours. Horses often stand heads up and ears pricked, listening, smelling, sensing with heightened awareness. What are they tracking? For the horse (vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) …

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Through Your Horses’ Eyes

Understanding Equine Vision by Barbara Breckenfeld   A horse suddenly goes from relaxed to total alert, head high, ears pricked. We look, we wonder what the horse sees, but often we can only guess. It is easy to assume that horses see the same way we do, but they really …

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Horse Nature

Why Horses Think and Feel as They Do by Barbara Breckenfeld, LAMP   If we spend much time around horses we soon realize that we can’t force a 1,000-pound animal to do anything. We also notice people who work with horse nature to motivate horses to do things because they …

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The Autonomic Nervous System

Understanding Your Horse’s Reactions by Barbara Breckenfeld, LAMP   We’ve all experienced a horse spooking at something. It’s their fight/flight/freeze response—a physical reflex of the autonomic nervous system. Understanding this system helps us to work with horses’ physiology. First, let’s define our terms. The autonomic nervous system controls automatic responses …

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The Body Language of Horses

March 2018

How to Speak Horse by Barbara Breckenfeld, LAMP   Have you looked at a horse and wondered what they were thinking? Horses’ body language offers some insights. Horses use a wide variety of gestures made with their body, face, ears, tail, sounds, and movement. When we learn and use horse …

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What You Need to Know About Fascia

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How Connective Tissue Health Affects Your Horse’s Performance by Barbara Breckenfeld   Do you know what holds the body up? Is it A—the skeleton; B—muscles; C—connective tissue (fascia); D—all of them? If you answered C for connective tissue or fascia, you were correct. Most of us were taught that muscles …

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