To understand what’s going on in your horse’s head when it
spooks, we have to go back in time………………
Long before any of us thought about sitting on a horse, they
learned to survive by running first, and thinking later. They had to rely on their instinct and learn
to distinguish predators very quickly before they became lunch.
The fight or flight
instinct is a reptilian response which sits in the cerebellum. When compared to a human brain, the horse’s cerebellum
is large which makes the functions that sit in here very refined.
I’ve read a couple
of articles recently about equine wearable technology.
Technology advances all of the time and is all
around us in many forms such as veterinary equipment, waterproof fabrics and
information technology; ‘wearables’ for animals is set to be one of the fastest
growing sectors. Mostly, much of this technology is still out of the reach of
the leisure rider but is being employed more and more to improve
performance. The way the technology
works is to send feedback about a particular aspect of the horse which, over
time, can be collated to inform their management and training.