Equid domestication

A recent study by Warmuth et al. goes some way to resolving the contested theories on the origin of the domestic horse. Earlier scenarios diverged: archaeological studies found domestication was a ripple effect from a central domesticated group in the Western steppe (Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan); however DNA studies concluded that pockets of domestication occurredContinue reading “Equid domestication”

Ethical considerations in horse riding

Prompted by comments about a recent equine TV programme, I have been discussing the ethics of horse owning/riding, elsewhere online.  I thought it appropriate to put my thoughts here too. The last 30 years have seen more evidence based ethological and neuropsychological information about horse behaviour. Based on this, many owners and riders are now startingContinue reading “Ethical considerations in horse riding”