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Horsemanship Journal is a supplement to the award winning title Western Horse UK. Launched in 2013, it seeks to bring together inspiring and educational articles from horsemen and women the world over. With no bias towards one method or another, Horsemanship Journal features experts from many disciplines and schools of thought.

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Making Holes

Making Holes

Equine Pawing Study
Equine Pawing Study

While we might fuss at our horses for pawing in the stable, new research from Cornell University (USA) indicates that pawing might not necessarily be just a bad habit. Their study of 41 Standardbred racehorses revealed that 58% of the horses were seen pawing during a regular work week. What’s more, these animals were showing much more pawing in the afternoons, a few hours after their workouts, than in the mornings. And on Sundays, when they weren't exercised, there wasn't any significant difference in the amount of pawing between mornings and afternoons. So what’s causing the pawing? Pain or discomfort, possibly, according to study authors Christina L. Butler Ph.D. and Katherine Albro Houpt Ph.D.

“Horses may be pawing to create holes in which they can place their back legs to redistribute their weight or compensate for unevenness of flooring,” they stated.

Pressure Release

Pressure Release

Are Horse Starting Competitions Ethical?

Are Horse Starting Competitions Ethical?