There has been a more widespread move towards keeping dogs as pets over the last ten years in some areas, interesting sociologically and behaviourally. Two signs of (relatively) greater affluence in a locality are more estate agents and the emergence of pet shops. The introduction of trap-neuter-return (TNR) policies, animal welfare legislation and municipally-funded animalContinue reading “Human-animal relationships in south-east Turkey, a behaviourist’s personal perspective”
Category Archives: Welfare
Can you spot a stressed horse?
Last December I and my colleagues published a paper describing one of our research studies, in the peer-reviewed journal Animals. As the Equine Behaviour and Training Association (EBTA) we investigated how horse owners, riders and trainers recognise signs of equine stress. We found that equestrians often fail to recognise the behavioural signs that horses displayContinue reading “Can you spot a stressed horse?”
Abuse in horse training
I was honoured to contribute to this thought-provoking article by Christa Lesté-Lasserre on abuse in horse training. Click on the link below for the full article. TheHorse article
Training – is it a choice?
Horse – health care treatment video Some of you will know I’m not a fan of some of the purportedly “animal has choice” videos that are out there in the worlds of horse and dog training and management. I see many where the animal is being asked to do something frivolous, not beneficial to itsContinue reading “Training – is it a choice?”
Caregiver responses to equine emotions
This study (link below) reflects an important stage in human behaviour change. Participants reported beliefs that horses have complex emotions including fear, pain and joy; however they also reported that they act towards their horses in ways that will cause psychologically negative emotions, despite stating that they wanted their horses to have a good lifeContinue reading “Caregiver responses to equine emotions”
UK dangerous dogs legislation fails to protect the public while harming animal welfare
My APBC clinical animal behaviourist colleague and erstwhile university lecturer David Ryan gave oral evidence in June to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, as part of their inquiry into Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific legislation. The report is published today and calls for a full-scale review of current dog control legislationContinue reading “UK dangerous dogs legislation fails to protect the public while harming animal welfare”
Equine Behaviour in Mind
Applying behavioural science to the way we keep, work and care for horses. I’m very proud to have co-authored this book with a group of esteemed colleagues. Intended for people who work with horses and for owners who want to learn more, Equine Behaviour in Mind provides ideas for practical ways that changes can beContinue reading “Equine Behaviour in Mind”
Is your horse in pain?
It wasn’t a good look for wild horses to show that they were in pain. Click on the link below to open the article. Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses
The animal welfare baby and the animal rights bathwater
The chief executive of World Horse Welfare has called for a “social licence” between the wider public and the horse industry. Gone are the days when lay people deferred to “expert” horse people as to which practices were acceptable and which were not; today the pressure from other parts of society on the treatment ofContinue reading “The animal welfare baby and the animal rights bathwater “
Equine Vets in Practice – Survey
Are you an equine vet? Tell RCVS about the evidence gaps you find in practice in their Prioritisation Project https://t.co/H06HuR1QXS https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X9S8SWJ