Livestock Studies 2021, Vol 61, Num, 2     (Pages: 066-076)

The Effect of the Combination of Various Training Methodologies in Horse Training on the Learning Performances of Arabian Horses

Sibel DANIŞAN 1 ,Ceyhan ÖZBEYAZ 2

1 Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Mahmudiye Horse Breeding and Coaching Vocational School, Department of Plant and Animal Production, Horse Breeding and Coaching Program, Eskişehir, Turkey
2 Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Husbandry, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.46897/livestockstudies.610204 Viewed : 657 - Downloaded : 351 This research aims at examining the learning performance of Arabian horses with the use of Join-up, Parelli`s Seven Games, and Clicker methods in combination and separately. In the research, thirty-six Arabian mares were examined and combinations of training methods were applied. Before and after the application of each training method, horses were directed to pass through a narrow-spaces and to walk on a tarp. While applying training methods, stress parameters, behavioral responses, and learning responses of horses were evaluated. The highest heart rates of the training groups were being during the application of the Join-up method. When the Parelli method was performed last, the training duration was 13.3% shorter. In walk on tarp task, the highest success score was in Clicker Method (75%). In the triple combination of training, when the Join-up method was performed last, task success rates decreased (33.3%). However, when the Join-up method was performed first, the success rate was 100%. When Parelli's methods were applied last, conflict behaviors were prevented, all horses learned vocal cues, and trusted their trainers. During the application of the Clicker method, all horses learned vocal cues and trusted their trainers. It was concluded that the order of methods is so crucial. Keywords : Behavior Horse Training Welfare