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17.1. 2019

Positive treat-ment: Getting started

Positive reinforcement-based equine health care is a great way of changing the unpleasant associations with the vet which the horse might have created during the earlier visits. Adding just a little bit of a reward-based training into the equine health care helps increase the cooperativeness of horse patients and the safety of vets and handlers. Where can positive...

2.1. 2019

Positive treat-ment introduction

Let’s start with something new and fresh at the beginning of the New Year! Using positive reinforcement to facilitate equine healthcare is quite a new technique compared to the traditional methods of working with horse patients. But why not to add some treats to treatment? What is positive reinforcement? Positive reinforcement is technically one of the four quadrants...

28.11. 2018

Not only horses may have loading problems

Although being primarily focused on horses, I decided to dedicate this article to cats. Why? Because I have literally plenty of them! Currently, we have five rescue cats at home and about four or five half-feral cats (all of them already castrated) around the house where we have moved to. I don’t consider myself an expert on cat behaviour...

11.11. 2018

No-restraint equine veterinary care

Using various kinds of restraint techniques has a long history in horse handling and training. Some of them are currently considered unethical, while some of them (like picking a leg, nose twitch, ear twitch, lip chain or taking a pinch of the skin on the neck) are still widely used. The primary purpose, of course, is to make...

26.9. 2018

Low stress approach to the equine patient

One of the reasons why I started to apply the learning theory to my veterinary practice (and why I started to work on this whole educational project, later on) was to help my patients to cope with the vet procedures without unnecessary stress. The role of stress in human health is well recognized. It is commonly known that chronic stress...

14.8. 2018

How did my patients kickstart this project

Thinking about how to help more horses and their people, somewhere deep in my mind there was an idea of making an educational project, but still “was not the right time to do it” or “it was better to care about my busy practice”  than “teaching something everybody knows” or “nobody needs” (I am sure all of...

21.7. 2018

Making the vet’s visit a better experience for the animal

As well as many of my colleagues, the equine veterinarians, I have to deal with the uncooperative patient from time to time. It seems to me that there must be some rule according to which we are called to such patients at the end of a very long working day or after a busy night shift. 😉 The...