Behavior

Commentary

How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 21, 2015

An equine reproductive behavior expert shares insight into how mares and herds will ward off danger to their young.... Read More

Article

Death of a Herdmate

May 19, 2015

Can the death of one horse lead to a complete change in another's behavior or "personality"?... Read More

Article

Researchers Debut Simplified Equine Temperament Test

May 16, 2015

They also identified a significant correlation between certain temperament parameters and jumping performance.... Read More

Commentary

Help, My Horse Won't Get Out of the Trailer!

May 14, 2015

A Facebook fan asks for help with his horse, who's become a reluctant unloader. ... Read More

Article

How Researchers Judge Horses' Temperaments

May 11, 2015

Learn about the "Complete Temperament Test," which is designed to measure five dimensions of equine personality.... Read More

Article

Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

May 08, 2015

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science.... Read More

Article

Study: Magnesium Could Have Calming Effects

May 08, 2015

A recent study showed that magnesium supplementation can significantly slow horses' reaction speed responses.... Read More

Commentary

Do Horses Recognize Humans?

May 07, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares research results that indicate whether or not horses recognize their people.... Read More

Article

The Equine DNA Roadmap

May 05, 2015

Find out what the equine genome can tell us about our horses and preventing genetic disease.... Read More

Article

Hearing Loss in Foals

May 03, 2015

Many conditions common to foals can contribute to or cause auditory dysfunction. Here's what to watch for.... Read More

Commentary

Why are Two Siblings Out of the Same Mare so Different?

April 30, 2015

An equine behavior expert addresses contradictory characteristics between foals out of one mare born different years.... Read More

Commentary

Does My Mare Think a Miniature Horse is Her Baby?

April 23, 2015

In response to a reader question Dr. Nancy Diehl shares insight on equine maternal instincts, foal stealing, and more.... Read More

Commentary

How Do I Get My Horse to Load in a Trailer?

April 16, 2015

An equine behavior expert offers training tips for making trailer loading drama free.... Read More

Blog

Creating a 'Happiness Plan' for a Horse

April 14, 2015

Have you ever almost given up on a horse because of his behavior?... Read More

Article

Twitch Efficacy and Endorphin Levels

April 13, 2015

Learn about applying a lip twitch and the endorphin release that occurs during application.... Read More

Commentary

Can a Mare's Personality Change After Her First Foal?

April 09, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl addresses a question about why a mare might respond differently to training after having her first foal.... Read More

Article

Study: How Horses Use Their Eyes and Ears to Communicate

April 09, 2015

Researchers recently took a closer look at how horses use their faces and ears to communicate with herdmates.... Read More

Article

Strange Stance for Shoeing

April 06, 2015

Learn why one gelding acts odd during farrier visits.... Read More

Article

Understanding Herd Dynamics

April 03, 2015

What are your horses' pasture behaviors telling you and what can you do to help groups live together harmoniously? ... Read More

Commentary

Orphan Foal Behavior

April 02, 2015

An equine behavior expert offers advice on raising and training an orphan foal to reduce future unwanted behaviors. ... Read More

Commentary

Normal Mare and Newborn Foal Behavior

March 26, 2015

Find out what to expect as your mare goes into labor and during your foal's first hours of life.... Read More

Feature

A Tale of Two Donkeys

March 26, 2015

One fends for himself; the other lives large. Both face potentially life-threatening welfare issues.... Read More

Commentary

Managing Breeding Stallions

March 19, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl offers advice on keeping stallions happy and safe during routine handling and breeding. ... Read More

Blog

Settling In ... Slow Snorts and So Many Feed Choices

March 17, 2015

What have been your biggest challenges when getting a new horse after a break from ownership?... Read More

Article

Device for Studying Horses' Lying Down Behavior Tested

March 17, 2015

The device could allow researchers to evaluate normal--and abnormal--lying behavior and how it relates to welfare.... Read More