Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension
Researchers are learning more about the importance of laterality—the preference an animal or person shows for one side of its body—in both horses and humans. In fact, a team from Germany recently discovered that equine laterality and human handedness can impact rein tension. So, how can riders achieve the ideal rein tension? Match handedness with the same laterality, they say.

“Rein tension in horse-rider combinations with the same direction of laterality was more stable, which might be more beneficial for the stability of rein tension and therefore improve training and welfare,” said Sandra Kuhnke, a PhD candidate at the University of

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