Category: Horse

What Does Maslow’s Pinnacle Mean for Horses?

By Catherine Bell, CHBC

How best to meet the behavioural and emotional needs of horses is the crux of a typical behavioural consultation. The job of the behaviour consultant is to tread the path of assessing and meeting the needs of the horse, whilst simultaneously managing the desires and expectations of the owner. So common is this tussle, and so often are equine needs poorly met, that we tend to devote most of our energies to ensuring that a horse simply has at least some chances to behave in some species-appropriate ways, some of the time.

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Environmental Enrichment for the Horse: The Need for Companionship

By Louise Nicholls

As highlighted in the previous article Environmental Enrichment for the Horse: the Need to Forage, environmental enrichment can be defined as the additions and/or alterations made to a domesticated animal’s environment with the goal of improving welfare (Coleman and Novack, 2017). There are two types of environmental enrichment: the natural approach and the behavioural approach.

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Cooperative Care: The How and the Why

Cooperative care involves training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences.

In this column, we highlight some useful behaviors to teach clients to facilitate cooperative care, and share stories of how animals can be transformed by a more mindful, intentional approach to working with them through medical procedures.

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