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“This is a brilliant and extensive effort at explaining the science behind many common correct and incorrect horsemanship and training techniques. The first half on the science of behavior and learning theory will not be for all readers, but for those who persist, it builds the foundation for the second half where misbehaviors are dealt with from a scientific standpoint. This is an excellent addition to the scientific behavioral literature.” (Doddy's, 20 April 2012)'...the book is a must for every equine veterinary practice, equine training and teaching institution, and anyone concerned with horses who wants to be involved with their own individual training and development. It is a thought provoking textbook that will help the next generation of horse owners and equine enthusiasts to consider and reconsider their training and development protocols and will provide many others with the knowledge that what they are doing is right – and, more importantly, why it is right. Ultimately this book can only have a positive effect on the welfare of the horse and on the human– equine bond.' (The Vet Journal, December 2011)
Written by two internationally recognised experts, Equitation Science is the first book to draw together the principles of this emerging field into a much-needed coherent source of information.
The goal of equitation science is to enhance our understanding of how horses think and learn, and to use their natural behaviour to train, ride or compete with them in as fair a manner as possible. The welfare consequences of training and competing horses under different protocols are explored. Drawing on traditional and emergent techniques, this book incorporates learning theory into an ethical equine training system suitable for all levels. It also focuses on evidence-based approaches that improve rider safety.
I found this a very interesting and enlightening book. Equitation Science will help anyone involved with horses to understand them more and to be more effective in their training and education. The knowledge this brings to anyone involved with horses should help to make the horses’ lives easier and therefore allow the partnership between humans and equines to flourish.
—Yogi Breisner, British Eventing Performance Manager
Equitation Science is an ambitious and thorough look at an enormous range of areas, approaches and factors concerning the training of horses. The authors have an underlying theme to their text of scientifically assessing and then also promoting the use of ethical and humane methods of horse training to increase all sport horses’ welfare and happiness within their sporting requirements. Equitation Science also provides an invaluable insight as to how and why what we do with our horses actually works.
—Paul Tapner, Professional International Advanced Eventing Rider, Badminton CCI**** 2010 Winner
This a great book. I like that the focus isn't on money, but the welfare of the horse. It does read a little like a research paper at times, which is why I gave it 4 stars... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirsa
if you are really into detail and the science behind animal behavior this is the best resource by far.Published 7 months ago by Karen DelPrete
Good attempt, but could use some focus. The sections on movement and physiology might be a bit much for the average horseman or horsewoman to get through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul
This book was purchased as a gift for my daughter. She rides and is very serious about her riding and learning not only the skill but about the horse and their nature and physical... Read morePublished 15 months ago by pat
Superb....all equestrians should own this book......a thinking horseman's book.....this book dispels many long held myths and provides thought provoking conversationPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good information, but not a light read. The title should tip you off, this book is a science book, not training horses for dummies. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Equitation Science unveils the mystery of how a horse learns and how a horse should be trained. This book will positively influence all who study it and contemplate it's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Auntie Barb