As a riding coach, horse show judge, equine behaviorist and columnist, knowing the science of how horses think and learn has saved me time, trouble and trauma in training! I love helping riders solve their horse puzzles. But horses and horse shows teach us life lessons as well!
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Yep, there’s an official tool to identify if that horse is really stressed. Last year, researchers developed The Horse Grimace Scale, grading 6 facial action units (FAU) to determine horse pain, including ear position, muscle tension around the eyes and nostril shape. Good horse-people read horses well, don’t they? Just helps to have a scientific tool to confirm we’re not just making this stuff up! Now…is there a comparable Human Grimace Scale to gauge the Christmas shopper stress I saw in last week’s Black Friday cashier line -up??