Explaining the discoveries of equine research and what these mean for us as riders, trainers, and researchers.



Dr. Laureen Esch (http://www.pferdezahn-tierarzt-praxis.de/) is a qualified veterinary surgeon, specialising in equine dentistry. Her doctoral thesis was on equine behaviour, something she has plenty of opportunity to study in real life situations while attending to horses’ teeth!


Professor Konstanze Krüger (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstanze_Krüger) of Nurtingen Geisslingen University is Germany’s first Professor of Equine Management. Her main areas of research are the behaviour of wild living horses, and social learning and social cognition in horses.

Dr Isabell Marr (http://im-westerntraining.de/) qualified as a stable manager before moving on to study animal biology and biomedical sciences. She works as an independent horse trainer for western riding.

Kate - Translation

Kate Farmer (www.thinkinghorse.org) is a journalist, horse trainer and independent equine behaviour researcher.


Calling all horse people!

We are looking for videos of clever horses!

For a video on innovative behavior we are searching for video documentations of innovative behavior in horses. Such behaviors can be, for example, opening doors, gates and fences, scratching themselves with “unusual” techniques, “unusual” feeding techniques, cooperating with humans in various ways, kicking apple trees, and ,and, and… Any behavior which occurs to be “unusual” in your horse.

Would you be willing to participate and provide us with a video an “innovative behahiour” in your horse? We would be more than grateful and would love to integrate your horse in our You tube video with your permission.

Please contact us at the following Email: konstanze.krueger@hfwu.de





Why stress makes horses left sided (click here)

This video explains the causes and mechanisms of sensory laterality, motor laterality and sidedness in horses. It demonstrates the use of laterality fo analyzing stress




Learning by watching: how smart are horses, really? (click here)

When does clipping and rugging make sense and when not. Horses can tell us when they want a rug.







Rollkur versus LDR - the scientic point of view (click here)

What does science tell us about pro and contra of Rollkur and LDR? Does science have a prove for Rollkur and LDR affecting the health of horses?





The Myth of the "Lead Mare" (click here)

The team examines the social organisation of horses including herd and group structure, and harems and batchelor bands, as well as discussing the role of the alpha stallion, and the myth of the "lead mare".