There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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The neuroscience of horsemanship.
Janet L. Jones Ph.D.
Commentary: A rider punched the horse that won the Kentucky Derby in the face this weekend—making the case that automatic habits can lead to needless violence.
The sport of horse racing needs to represent the tenets of ethics and morality, sport psychology, and quality care for the animals it uses.
Why is racing so dangerous for horses? Before we can consider viable solutions, we must first understand the problems.
Food is the most popular reinforcer in standard positive reinforcement training. But brain science suggests it's not always the best.
Ready for a little technical chat about positive reinforcement training? Increase your power by using more than just reward!
Curious how often your animal thinks of you when you're away? Get her a phone and find out.
When watching horses perform in an event, most people assume that their behavior is largely natural. It's easy to underestimate just how much a horse has to learn.
Last week, a horse named Saint Boy refused to jump for an unfamiliar rider and an abusive trainer. Now PETA wants to ban all Olympic horse sports.
Everybody's been talking about the Olympic show jumping course, starring a statue that scared the horses. How do equine brains process experiences like this?
What are you seeing when horses and riders compete in the Olympics? Some very impressive communication between the brain of a prey animal and the brain of a predator.
Ever watch a horse and rider leap over a jump, spin a hole in the sand, or turn a cow away from its herd? You saw a detailed exchange between prey and predator brains.
Most people assume dogs or cats are involved in our clearest cross-species communication. But our interactions with horses are stronger and more direct.
Janet Jones, Ph.D., applies brain research to the training of horses and riders. She is the author of Horse Brain, Human Brain.