Equine Behavioural Therapy - Can you help?

Lillian Hellman is researching the behaviour of horses in different equine disciplines in order to build a system that could successfully transition retired thoroughbreds into their ideal secondary career post racing. She is an honours student at Sydney University.

Below is a more detailed description of the project as well as the link to the questionnaire "The innate and developed behavioural strategies of horses not only influence their everyday quality of life, but they also play a key role in a horse's potential for success in specific equine disciplines (e.g. dressage, stock work, pleasure riding). Horses demonstrating the ideal behavioural characteristics for a given discipline are undoubtedly much more likely to perform at high levels within the discipline and are conceivably less likely to develop behavioural problems. It is with this is mind that major questions often arise as to how well thoroughbreds will cope in a secondary career once their racing careers are concluded. With a substantial number of horses entering into the racing industry annually, and a median retirement age of 15 months, the need to develop a technique to improve the likelihood of thoroughbreds finding success in their secondary careers is highly warranted. As such, the aim of the current study is to collect behavioural data from as many breeds as possible across all equine disciplines. This will allow for a better understanding of the most desirable behavioural characteristics within each equine discipline, thus allowing for retiring thoroughbreds to be more successfully transitioned into secondary careers." http://sgiz.eu/s3/Equine-behavioural-questionnaire

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