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20.4. 2021

Reasons to start cooperative care with your horse: #3 Retraining difficult horses

The third reason why to start practicing cooperative care is, according to my experience, the most common one. It comes to play when the owner realizes that their horse REALLY doesn’t like vets, or specific procedures and that something should be done about it before someone gets injured… In this case, teaching the horse to...

31.3. 2021

Reasons to start cooperative care with your horse: #2 Changing the associations

Changing the horse’s associations with veterinarians or with specific procedures or circumstances – this is another advantage that practicing cooperative care can bring us. In this article, I will focus on how these associations are made, how they work, and how they affect the horse patient’s behaviour and well-being. Do you like going to your dentist?...

8.3. 2021

Reasons to practice cooperative care with your horse: 1# Safety

You may have heard about cooperative care being practiced in ZOOs, veterinary clinics, and also being practiced by the dog, cat, and horse owners. You may have seen some videos or read some articles about cooperative care. But you may be still wondering WHY to practice cooperative care with your horse(s). What are the key...

19.2. 2021

How long will it take?

This is one of the questions I often get when it comes to solving a non-cooperative horse patient’s problem (or, in fact, any problem). I can understand why people ask this question. We have all learned to strive for effectiveness to some extend. However, when it comes to horse training or problem-solving, effectiveness alone is not what we...

11.2. 2021

Yes, it’s OK to give your horse treats when he’s scared

Personally, I am an advocate of using food rewards with horses – especially when they learn something new or during veterinary procedures (where possible). When it comes to using food rewards with the horse who is afraid, many owners are worried that they can reinforce the horse’s fear. The same applies to comforting the fearful horse....

31.3. 2020

Cooperative Equine Veterinary Care: Way to go?

What is cooperative veterinary care? What is it based on? Is it useful for dealing with horse patients? Can every horse learn to be a cooperative patient? Let’s go find the answers to these questions! What is cooperative veterinary care Cooperative veterinary care is a complex approach to the animal patient, focused on reducing the patient’s stress....

17.4. 2019

What if a horse doesn’t like vets

Making this project, I’ve been focusing mainly on the underlying causes of the horse patients’ unwanted behaviour, using low-stress and low-restraint techniques, and adding positive reinforcement, highlighting the benefits of having cooperative horses. In this article, I’d like to look at the importance of having a cooperative horse patient from a little bit different perspective: What are...

5.3. 2019

The “scary vet syndrome” in horses

Do you know why it is still more and more rare to see a vet wearing a white coat? First, because it is practical and far more comfortable (especially for an equine or a large animal practitioner) to wear jeans and a vest or outdoor jacket. And second, there is a white coat syndrome. In small animal practice, pastel colours...

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...