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    19-01-18, 09:30 AM
    Isn't autocorrect wonderful? :) (Btw, it's manège.)
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    14-01-18, 03:43 PM
    Is that even possible? I'd have thought so, but some of the posts above would suggest that it isn't.
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    14-01-18, 12:59 PM
    You're quite right, and I apologize for misunderstanding you. Still, the idea that prey also engage in and can enjoy sport - exercise to hone...
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    14-01-18, 11:32 AM
    Yes, that's absolutely fine. The potential downside of calling it "sport" is it is liable to colour our perception of the animal's activity with our...
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    14-01-18, 11:25 AM
    Which would confirm my suspicion that "correction" gets used as a euphemism. Exactly. That sounds like an apocryphal story. It would be a...
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    14-01-18, 11:08 AM
    Apparently there's a name for this kind of behaviour - "surplus killing" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surplus_killing - which gives it a...
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    13-01-18, 10:07 PM
    Although they might still kill for fun...?
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    13-01-18, 09:52 PM
    So in the case of OP's horrible incident, what would have helped more - fox hunting, or a secure hutch?
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    13-01-18, 09:42 PM
    Of course - but some people are citing the "fact" that animals kill for fun as extra justification for killing them. If they really need to be...
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    13-01-18, 09:29 PM
    What evidence is there that cats or foxes kill for fun, rather than for purely biological/survival reasons? I could be wrong but it sounds to me like...
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    13-01-18, 08:57 PM
    How do you define "correction", ycbm? It sounds like it's the same as my (and behavioural) "punishment".
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    12-01-18, 05:31 PM
    Interesting to hear two quite different views about what "correction" entails. I'm struggling to think how I'd use the word myself if I had to. I...
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    12-01-18, 09:46 AM
    You're certainly right about the second. I'm not sure about the first because when people talk about "correction" it sometimes seems they mean...
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    12-01-18, 08:48 AM
    Or indeed punishment (assuming we're making the proper distinction between negative reinforcement - in which a behaviour is reinforced and made more...
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    11-01-18, 05:56 PM
    Just so you know, OldFogie, there's a group of people who work with horses and other animals - myself included - that take punishment to mean doing...
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    11-01-18, 01:47 PM
    Effectively, that is punishment, even if you would rather not call it that. I know what you're referring to by "punishment" though. I just think...
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    11-01-18, 01:42 PM
    It's easy to say (or imagine) one would have reacted differently in such a situation. Of course one hopes one would, but if it came down to it I...
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    11-01-18, 01:33 PM
    Almost all the horses I encountered in Malaysia when I accompanied a vet on his rounds showed some degree of headshyness. I assume it was related to...
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    11-01-18, 11:59 AM
    I routinely punish coltish nibbling and mouthiness by sticking a finger or knuckle into the palate of the mouth for a few seconds, something the...
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    11-01-18, 11:51 AM
    Great if you see the kick coming in good time. Unpleasantness can be avoided altogether with enough awareness. The problem with kicking is that if...
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    11-01-18, 11:40 AM
    In relation to punishment... I can't speak for ycbm, but your statement pushed a button. Punishment doesn't necessarily mean a "damn good...
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