Category: Horse

Lyviera’s Journey

Lyviera is a Selle Francais mare who was initially bought by a riding club’s owner to be his personal competition horse. While she excelled in show jumping and was very strong in cross country, she was difficult in dressage, specifically very stiff on one side and difficult to get “on the bit.” He therefore decided to keep her as a riding club horse. While training at this riding school, I had her on loan for a year and did some eventing with her, and we got very good results in show jumping and cross country.

I only bought her many years later when I was in the position to get my first horse. At the time, she was being kept in a stable almost all day, every day……

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Looking Back on Research Experiences

CHBCs Catherine Bell, Suzanne Rogers, and Debbie Busby recently published an equine welfare paper in the journal Animals. Titled “Improving the Recognition of Equine Affective States,” it represents a few years’ worth of work, completed independently of our “real” jobs. We hope it will have the effect of drawing increased attention to the subtle signs of equine fear and stress, and ultimately lead people to put their horses in stressful situations less frequently.

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