Tag Archives: animal emotions

The fearful equine

A recent Facebook conversation about positive reinforcement led to someone asking a question about one of my favorite fallacies – if you comfort a fearful or spooking horse, aren’t you just reinforcing the fear?  I first encountered that idea when … Continue reading

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What is happiness?

Happiness in animals seems to be a popular topic at the moment.  There was a recent publication of a study that concluded that snorting was a sign of  “positive emotions in horses”, which was just one of the many studies … Continue reading

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Liar, liar, fur on fire!

From the beginning of my life with animals I have seen parallels between their behavior and that of the people around me.  I have seen them form friendships, show empathy, and grieve lost loved ones.  I have also long been … Continue reading

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My horses, my teachers: Delight

One reason I started this blog was to tell the stories of the horses in my life.  As I work with each of our current herd, I think back on those that have come before, and what they taught me.  … Continue reading

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