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The World Bitless Association – helping all horses

Since the World Bitless Association was officially launched In October 2018, it has attracted thousands of followers.  Their worldwide representation includes vets, trainers, instructors and behaviourists who are focused on equine welfare. Their training methods are based on sound science, (learning theory) compassion and adherence to the principles of LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive). This not-for-profit […]

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Equine Welfare during Exercise: An Evaluation of Breathing, Breathlessness and Bridles

There is something especially engaging about seeing healthy horses running free, alert, ears forward, nostrils flared, moving across the ground with ease, displaying exceptional agility, control and power. This article is an original work that advances our understanding of equine respiration and breathlessness. The authors, David J. Mellor * and Ngaio J. Beausoleil, bring an invigorating new

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The Straw Experiment

At Equitana in Sydney, 61 people took part in the ‘Lucky Straw Draw’ –  experiencing how it feels to hold a plastic drink straw in their mouth like a bit, for as long as possible. Some barely managed 2 minutes, others did it for 20 minutes! Here’s what they felt….. 17 found it ‘Uncomfortable’ –

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