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It is the scientific discipline that studies the behavior of animals and also humans. Observation in a natural, semi-natural state or within the framework of experimental protocols produces knowledge on lifestyles, sensory faculties, social organizations, development and learning mechanisms… Equine ethology allows discover the nature of horse.

Ethological riding / Natural riding /
behavioral riding

Influenced by the American movement 'natural horsemanship ', these equestrian trends advocate the use of horse education techniques that take into account the nature of the horse. They refer to scientific knowledge about the horse: equine ethology or to sources of empirical knowledge.     

Horse man

One of the nicest compliments ever to anyone who loves horses. He says to himself, men or women who know the horse extremely well, its nature, its behaviors, its health, its characteristics… These faculties are mainly acquired thanks to the experience, to the daily life spent alongside the horses, to the 'observation of their habits, the care provided, the evolutions scrutinized ... The man of horse develops a particular capacity to read the horse: to notice a health problem, to identify its state of form, to adapt the training to its specific characteristics. Becoming a horseman is a goal shared by many enthusiasts.         

Natural Horsemanship

Movement of American origin, it was born among cowboys, who work daily with horses. The observation of groups of wild horses and equestrian practice, especially during breaking, lead some of them to question the methods of education of the horse. They develop techniques that take into account their knowledge of horse nature and its behavior. On foot and on horseback, the principles remain the same. They allow optimized learning of horses and guarantee better safety for cowboys. Ray hunt, Tom Dorrance, Monty Roberts, Pat parelli ou Buck brannaman are some emblematic figures of the natural horsemanship.


This term is born at the release of the film the man who whispered in the ears of horses. Produced and produced by Robert Redford, it was released in 1998. Chuchoteur is the literal translation of the English word used in the original title of the film: "Horse whisperer".

Ethological knowledge

Examinations of the French Equestrian Federation, the Ethological Knowledge are centered on the behavior of the horse and the relationship of trust and respect, they are aimed at riders wishing to deepen their knowledge of the horse as an animal. Read more

Degrees of the Cense

These are the levels of the La Cense Method. Each is subject to an examination, which when successful by the candidate gives rise to the award of a colored cord. Read more


The initial handling of the young horse is called pre-breaking. This consists in teaching him the basic principles of the relationship with man. Often performed at the age of 2, this stage develops a relationship, mainly on foot, during sessions that aim to establish codes, to desensitize to certain external elements and to accustom the young horse to saddle without the weight. of the rider.


Type of horse accommodation consisting of a grass patch and a shelter to allow the horse to protect itself from bad weather.


Type of horse accommodation which is characterized by an enclosed space surrounded by walls, grids and / or open spaces, on a stabilized floor covered with litter (straw, shavings, etc.).


Outdoor enclosure on stabilized ground, delimited by barriers in metal tube, variable dimensions from 20 to 30m².


Outdoor space dedicated to the relaxation of horses, its soil is grass or sand. Its size is variable.


Covered training area, which allows horses to work in bad weather.


Outdoor training area, mainly in sand.


Poning is a horse handling technique, which involves leading a horse while riding on another horse. This technique is used in particular during the stripping phase. It teaches the led horse to support the actions of the rider above him. The rider, more free to move, is more precise. The horse does not support the weight of the rider and benefits from the reassuring presence of a fellow.

Whole horse

A whole horse is a male horse that has not been neutered.