Are we all on the same page? A systematic review of horse training methods within the published scientific literature

  • Ella Bartlett (Speaker)
  • E. J. Blackwell (Speaker)
  • Cameron, L. (Speaker)
  • L. M. Riley (Speaker)
  • J. Hockenhull (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference


It is vital that the impact of different horse training methods (TMs) are studied, to ensure the methods employed are effective and to assess their welfare implications. Whilst a range of different TMs are referred to within the scientific literature, no research has explored whether the way these are applied, and the terminology used, is consistent across existing studies. This is problematic as methodological differences may alter study outcomes, limit potential for inter-study comparison, and impede effective scientific communication. A systematic search of the published literature from three online databases (SCOPUS; Web of Science; PubMed) in December 2021 was used to identify studies that apply horse TMs within their methodology. A description of the training protocols was extracted from each paper verbatim and used to categorise the training approach(es) employed, identify their defining characteristics and highlight inconsistencies within TM description. The learning theory underlying each TM was also reviewed for consistency and validity by two experienced assessors (inter-rater agreement: κ=0.952; P
PeriodAug 2022
Event title18th International Society for Equitation Science Conference
Event typeConference
LocationGloucester, United KingdomShow on map