A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses’ emotional reactivity and the human–horse relationship

@article{Fureix2009APS,
  title={A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses’ emotional reactivity and the human–horse relationship},
  author={C. Fureix and Magali Pag{\`e}s and R. Bon and J. Lassalle and G. Gonzalez},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2009},
  volume={82},
  pages={202-210}
}
Handling is a crucial component of the human-horse relationship. Here, we report data from an experiment conducted to assess and compare the effect of two training methods. Two groups of six Welsh mares were trained during four sessions of 50 min, one handled with traditional exercises (halter leading, grooming/brushing, lifting feet, lunging and pseudo-saddling (using only girth and saddle pad) and the second group with natural horsemanship exercises (desensitization, yielding to body pressure… Expand
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