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Training the trainers: how to minimize stress when horses are first ridden

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September 26, 2010
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Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
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Man has profited enormously from his ability to domesticate animals. Animals need training to perform particular tasks but until recently the effects of training on the animals concerned had hardly been considered. Researchers now presents a study of the stress caused to horses by being ridden for the first time.

Young woman training with her horse outdoors at sunrise. Researchers found that the initial work on the lunge caused only a moderate amount of stress but the stress level rose markedly when the rider first mounted.
Credit: iStockphoto/Debi Bishop

The horse was domesticated many thousands of years ago and has been hugely important in the development of human civilization. It is hard to overstate its role in agriculture, in transport and communications and even in military operations. More recently, equestrian sports have gained markedly in popularity, so even though the horse has largely been superseded in modern farming and military practice its connection to man remains as close as ever.


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  1. Alice Schmidt, Jörg Aurich, Erich Möstl, Jürgen Müller and Christine Aurich. Changes in cortisol release and heart rate and heart rate variability during the initial training of 3-year-old sport horses. Hormones and Behavior, 2010; 58 (4): 628 DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.06.011

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