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Equine behaviour and psychology

Before starting to work on improving your relationship with your horse, it’s important to understand some of the theoretical background to the suggested exercises and the advice offered. Thinking Horse is based on scientifically researched principles and theories of equine behaviour. You’ll find details of relevant research papers in the research section which is regularly updated.


We don’t believe in saying “do this because we say so”, there is a logic and a reason behind everything we suggest. The following pages outline some of the key areas to think about to start gaining more insight into the horse’s world.

1 The importance of the group
2 Equine Communication
3 Gender roles
4 Gender priorities
5 Left and right - two horses in one skin
6 Reading the signs and rewards