Horse’s emotional state and rider safety during grooming practices, a field study

  title={Horse’s emotional state and rider safety during grooming practices, a field study},
  author={L{\'e}a Lansade and Coralie Bonneau and C{\'e}line Parias and Sophie Biau},
  journal={Applied Animal Behaviour Science},

The effect of the combination of various training methodologies in horse training on the learning performances of Arabian horses

Horses, being herd animals in their nature, are isolated from other members of their species during the training, get into contact with humans, and be exposed to unfamiliar objects and stimuli

Testing individual variations of horses’ tactile reactivity: when, where, how?

Examination of studies that have used the same tool and found that four factors influenced their tactile reactivity (type of horse, filament size, body area, time of day), which could explain some of the discrepancies observed in the literature and suggest that more attention should be paid to the context of the test.

Horses are sensitive to baby talk: pet-directed speech facilitates communication with humans in a pointing task and during grooming

The results indicate that horses, like certain non-human primates and dogs are sensitive to PDS, and PDS could thus foster communication between people and horses during everyday interactions.

Identifying Sources of Potential Bias When Using Online Survey Data to Explore Horse Training, Management, and Behaviour: A Systematic Literature Review

This review reveals that online surveys are useful for gathering data on the triad of horse training, management, and behaviour, however, current use of online surveys to collect data on equitation science could be improved by using a standardised and validated tool.

Naturalness and the Legitimacy of Thoroughbred Racing: A Photo-Elicitation Study with Industry and Animal Advocacy Informants

Investigating how key industry and animal advocacy informants based in the US, Australia and the UK conceptualise naturalness within the context of common racing practices that potentially impact the horses’ welfare finds industry informants often naturalise, normalise, downplay or ignore the Horses’ expressions.



Hazards of horse-riding as a popular sport.

A pilot study of a questionnaire designed to elucidate the cause of horse-riding accidents found that 70% of the 20 accidents could be thought attributable to the behaviour of the horse at the time, and seven of these were in the spinal injuries group.

Facial expression and oxytocin as possible markers of positive emotions in horses

This work used tactile stimulations to induce emotional situation of contrasting valence to characterise new markers in horses and revealed significant differences between groups, suggesting positive emotions in G horses and negative emotions in S horses.

Are Eyes a Mirror of the Soul? What Eye Wrinkles Reveal about a Horse’s Emotional State

A set of measures to assess eye wrinkle expression reliably are defined, of which one measure was affected by the conditions the horses were exposed to, and further validation of specific measures across different conditions is needed.

Assessing equine emotional state

Emotional State and Personality Influence Cognitive Flexibility in Horses (Equus caballus)

Horses were able to undergo contextual conditioning that induced negative or more positive emotional states and that this latter emotional state enhanced cognitive flexibility, and fearless personality was related to better acquisition and increased cognitive flexibility.

Development of the Horse Grimace Scale (HGS) as a Pain Assessment Tool in Horses Undergoing Routine Castration

The Horse Grimace Scale potentially offers an effective and reliable method of assessing pain following routine castration in horses, however, auxiliary studies are required to evaluate different painful conditions and analgesic schedules.