The Horse

APR 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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30 April 2019 The Horse | CHRISTA LESTÉ-LASSERRE, MA B reaking. It's what our industry calls train- ing a horse to be ridden, driven, or led with a halter, to accept tack and direction beneath or within it. But some train- ers and riders have taken the word quite literally: breaking a horse of undesired habits, breaking his will to resist the confines and pressures of saddle and bridle … even breaking his spirit to flee per- ceived danger. Suffice it to say, people haven't always looked out for the horse's best interest—physiologically and psychologically. But as society becomes more aware of animal welfare issues and as sci- ence reveals more truth about what horses experience in terms of stress, pain, and learning, training is evolving. And, on the whole, say our experts, equine education has become gentler, more con- scientious, and, gradually, more guided by scientific principles. But for all that, horse training is still sometimes far from ideal, they add, reporting that some trainers approach it incorrectly— leading to harmful consequences for the horse. And training abuse can occur in the elite competition world, leisure riders' backyards, and everywhere between. Traumatic TR AINING

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