Equine Science

Dec 28


I leaned over Jean Luc’s shoulder reading his work. The subject is the shoulder in. He put his hand on my hand saying, "I have the feeling that you are going to use this part before I finish this study.” I say yep, placed my free hand on the mouse and clicked copy. Here it is:

Maya Angelou wrote, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This applies to horses. You win their heart when you make them comfortable with their body and sound. You have a very special place in their mind when you encourage them to think and respect their errors. They never forgot when you treat them as partners. You can win their stomach with carrots, sugar, or any other treat but you don’t win their respect. It would ...


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Sep 17


  posted by helyn on 17.09.14 11:26 as Equine Science


In academic education as well as in academic equitation, there are three types of learners, superficial learners, strategic learners and deep learners. Superficial learners are satisfied with training techniques moving the horse side way holding the reins and touching the limbs with a whip or a bamboo pole. They only consider the gesture without any understanding and even concern for the athletic demand that the gesture imposes on the horse’s physique. Superficial learners don’t question how the horse does it. Superficial learners accept leg-yielding as a rational movement. They are not concerned with the fact that leg-yielding induces inverted rotation of the thoracic spine. As long as the horse moves side way, superficial learners believe that they are doing dressage. Superficial learners regard shoulder for as a small shoulder in.


Strategic learners further their knowledge but mostly to pass the exam or satisfy the judging standards. Most riders ...


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Jun 20


  posted by helyn on 20.06.11 14:28 as Equine Science

As we explore a new approach to equine athletic training, we meet resistances simply because it is part of human nature to resist progresses. The most sordid argument against equestrian evolution is definitely, "I cannot follow this approach because I like to show.” Yet the main reason for applying advances in scientific knowledge is to better prepare the horse’s physique for the requirements of modern competitions. Both in the dressage and the hunter jumper rings, judging standards are crippling horses because they are based on poor knowledge of the equine physiology. A horse cannot be soundly educated following these modern judging principles, but a horse can be efficiently prepared for the physical demands of these judging standards applying actual knowledge of the equine physiology. Admitting to the archaism of the judging criteria does not mean staying away from the show ring. At the contrary, it is by knowing the enemy ...

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Apr 25

 Use of Nutrigenomics in Equine Research

  posted by helyn on 25.04.11 19:29 as Equine Science

Ronan F. Power, PhD

Author’s address: Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition, 3031 Catnip
Hill Pike, Nicholasville, KY 40356; e-mail: rpower@alltech.com.

Take Home Message

DNA microarrays are capable of examining the gene expression profile of thousands of genes in
a single experiment. Nutrigenomics is one particular application of this technology where the
genome-wide impact of nutrients on the expression of genes is used to elucidate pathways
leading to disease states, improved health, or enhanced performance. The recent publication of
the horse genome sequence will make this powerful research tool more available to those
involved in equine science.


The National Institute of Health (NIH) added the horse genome (Equus caballus) to the list of
mammals to undergo whole genome, high density sequencing in 2006.1 The purpose of the
project was to obtain a high-quality draft sequence of ...


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Sep 22

 Theory of Superstitious and Magical Beliefs

  posted by helyn on 22.09.10 07:15 as Equine Science

 recently ran across this paper in the Journal of Research In Personality which had some interesting things to say about how people come to have beliefs in superstitions or paranormal phenomenon. This is relevant to the issue of alternative medicine both directly, since so many alternative approaches rely on vitalism or notions of magical forces (acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, reiki, etc) and also since the mental mechanisms underlying false beliefs in general likely apply to many different categories of belief.

I have said many times that I do not think false beliefs in medicine, even in the wackiest and most ridiculous ideas, have any consistent relationship to how smart people are, and only a tenuous relationship to an individual’s level of education. There aremistakes we all make in thinking that lead us to erroneous conclusions, and there is a whole literature in the field of psychology which examines these. It is clear that ...


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