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4th of July When You Have Horses at Home

June 29, 2016

How do you prepare your horses for a night of fireworks? ... Read More

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Fear in Horses

June 27, 2016

Learn about what horses experience when they feel afraid and how to manage their fear reactions.... Read More

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How to Introduce Horses

June 23, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian shares recommendations for introducing horses that will live together.... Read More

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Choosing the Right Horse for Happy Trails

June 23, 2016

Follow these tips when searching for the best four-legged trail riding partner.... Read More

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Are Stall Toys Good for Horses?

June 16, 2016

A horse behavior expert weighs in on whether she believes horses benefit from toys.... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses 'Talk' to Human Handlers

June 09, 2016

New research has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.... Read More

Horses graze a Central Kentucky pasture at sunset.

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Turnout and Sleep Schedules

June 08, 2016

Could being stalled during the day and turned out at night cause sleep problems for horses?... Read More

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Stubborn as a Donkey?

June 02, 2016

One behavior expert explains the differences in behavior between donkeys and horses. ... Read More

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How Do I Get My Horse to Respect Me?

May 26, 2016

An equine behaviorist describes how you can earn your horse's respect through consistent training.... Read More

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What Can a Horse's Facial Whorl Tell You?

May 26, 2016

A whorl's characteristics could help predict which direction a horse will turn in response to a frightening stimulus.... Read More

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Using Food Rewards During Horse Training

May 20, 2016

Does feeding treats help with learning or create cookie monsters? Find out from an equine behavior expert!... Read More

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The 'Horse Waterboarding' Incident Deconstructed

May 20, 2016

An equine behaviorist weighs in on "flooding" in horse training and offers a less stressful alternative.... Read More

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Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More

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Pain, Behavioral, or Both?

May 19, 2016

Often, a horse's behavior problems are rooted in either pain or incomplete training. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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How to Prevent a Horse from Biting at the Mounting Block

May 18, 2016

Find out why a horse might try nipping his rider during mounting and what to do about it.... Read More

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Common Equine Conflict Behaviors

May 16, 2016

Dr. Robin Foster, an animal behavior consultant, shares what equine issues owners face most often.... Read More

Horses respond distinctly to different caretakers and appear to anticipate people's moves.

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Why is Equine Behavior Research Important?

May 12, 2016

An equine behavior consultant explains how we can improve equine welfare through research.... Read More

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How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 12, 2016

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

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Spotting the Problem Patient

May 12, 2016

The key is understanding a horse's arousal, or alertness, level.... Read More

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Study: Nosebands Can Cause Horses Stress

May 09, 2016

Signs of stress dissipated as soon as the crank nosebands came off, suggesting that the horses' welfare was compromised.... Read More

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Messy Gelding vs. Tidy Gelding

May 05, 2016

An equine behavior expert addresses a question about two geldings with very different poop patterns. ... Read More

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Gelding Behavior

May 04, 2016

My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. Could this be related to him being turned out with a mare? ... Read More

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Can Stalled Stallions Interact Socially?

April 29, 2016

Stallions with access to each other through stall walls interacted frequently with a "surprisingly low" injury rate.... Read More

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Infographic: Staying Sane on Stall Rest

April 29, 2016

Confinement is difficult but often necessary for healing. Learn how to keep horses healthy while on stall rest.... Read More