A comparison of sympathetic and conventional training methods on responses to initial horse training.

@article{Visser2009ACO,
  title={A comparison of sympathetic and conventional training methods on responses to initial horse training.},
  author={E Kathalijne Visser and Machteld C VanDierendonck and Andrea D Ellis and Charlotte Rijksen and Cornelis G. van Reenen},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={181 1},
  pages={48-52}
}
In 'sympathetic horsemanship' the importance of the natural behaviour of the horse and the use of body language in communication is emphasised. However, it is unclear what effect sympathetic horsemanship has on the welfare of horses. During a 5-week starting period the effect of a sympathetic (ST) versus a conventional (CT) training method was studied using 28 young Warmblood horses. Behavioural observations during the starting period as well as during a standardised final riding test were… CONTINUE READING