Easy-to-frighten horses are skittish and can be difficult to work with. But if something in the environment is scaring your horse, there are ways to help your horse be more calm.
Researchers tested three different methods to find out which was the most effective.
The Fear Stimulus: A white nylon bag.
This research used a white nylon bag that was able to be moved along a line. This was found to be universally uncomfortable for horses, and provided a good test stimulus.
The Habituation Method
Horses were exposed to the nylon bag repeatedly until they had become more calm.
The Desensitization Method
Horses were gradually exposed to the nylon bag. The first stage was much less intense than later stages and horses only moved onto the next stage when they were totally comfortable with the current stage.
The Counter-Conditioning Method
Horses were given food rewards every time the nylon bag appeared. This intends to build up a positive association that overcomes the negative association of the fear response.
Most effective method: Desensitization
The desensitisation method was the only method that worked for all participating horses. It was the most effective, longest-lasting and fastest process.
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Why Are The Dressage Letters A K E H C M B F
Have you ever wondered, half way through a dressage test, why they chose the particular letters that are used in a dressage arena?
The numbers seem random, but they aren’t.
Who Chose The Dressage Letters?
The dressage letters came to be in the German courts. The royal stables would have its horses prepared for members of the court and royalty to ride.
So each horse was ready for its rider, they were taken to a designated spot. That way, the King (or Kaiser) could come in, knowing that his horse would be ready at his letter ( K ).
The letters and their known corresponding roles were:
K = Kaiser
E = Edeling/Ehrengast (Guest of Honour)
H = Hofsmarshall
M = Meier (Steward)
B = Bannertrager (Standard Bearer)
F = Furst/Prince
P = Pferdknecht/Ostler
V = Vassal
S = Schzkanzler (Chancellor of Exchequer)
R = Ritter (Knight)
Other letters may have represented other roles, or they may have been chosen at random to fill in extra spaces when dressage was developed as a discipline.
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Building An Aircraft Control Tower
This is one of our most impressive recent builds and is a great example of design, functionality and quality coming together to create an exceptional structure.
We were contacted by a commercial builder that needed a special design and construction solution. We had done a lot of hangars in the past, but had not before embarked on a structure o
f this kind, on this scale. It was a challenge we were very excited by.
As with all things involving aircraft, there were a lot of very specific demands that needed to be met and we knew that this project would need an exceptional amount of attention to detail.
Making sure that every part of the project is completely accurate and precise was crucially important on a complex technical building like this. Luckily, our clients had a thorough understand of their requirements and our engineers were able to work with them to get this project completed and fully functional.
The building looks fantastic and does the job perfectly. Large projects always come together flawlessly when we have the chance to work closely with our clients. Our team of engineers and designers were able to take on board all of the specifications and requirements to create one of the best buildings we’ve ever erected.