Stable and Other Vices

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Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

July 22, 2015

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know.... Read More

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Are Stall Toys Good for Horses?

June 18, 2015

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

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Why Does a Horse Bite?

May 28, 2015

Researchers have developed a list of reasons a horse might bite. Learn the causes and how to train a horse not to nip.... Read More

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Weaving: Are Mirrors the Answer?

May 25, 2015

Are stall mirrors recommended for horses that weave, and where could I find one that is safe and economical? ... Read More

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Managing Breeding Stallions

March 19, 2015

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

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Why Do Horses Weave?

February 05, 2015

Find out why a horse might start weaving and what, if anything, you can do about this stereotypy. ... Read More

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Help! My Horse Keeps Tossing His Head at Mealtime!

December 11, 2014

A veterinarian and equine behavior expert addresses a possible learned head tossing behavior at feeding time.... Read More

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Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

November 27, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

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What's the Difference between a Vice and a Stereotypy?

November 07, 2014

Dr. Nancy Diehl considers the use of "vice" and "stereotypies" when referring to horse behavior.... Read More

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Why Does a Horse Shake His Head?

October 30, 2014

What causes horses to shake their heads, and how can this issue be resolved?... Read More

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Is It Okay for My Horse to Live by Himself?

September 25, 2014

Vet and equine behavior expert Dr. Nancy Diehl shares the reasons horses live best in groups. ... Read More

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How Can I Stop a Horse from Striking?

June 19, 2014

What can be done to correct a horse that strikes at the ground, stall, water tank, and fence? ... Read More

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Managing Mouthiness

April 03, 2014

My gelding is very mouthy. Should this behavior be curbed, and how can I accomplish this? ... Read More

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Feeding Time Pawing

March 13, 2014

Do you have any suggestions for stopping a horse from pawing while he is eating his grain?... Read More

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Sudden-Onset Cribbing and Headshaking

February 20, 2014

My pony started tossing his head and cribbing at about the same time. What could cause this problem? ... Read More

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Controlling Cribbing in Horses

December 19, 2013

How can I work with a cribber so he can stop wearing his cribbing collar?... Read More

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Biting and Snapping Pony

December 12, 2013

How should I handle a pony that tries to attack people when they enter his stall?... Read More

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Does Feeding Hay Before Grain Reduce Cribbing?

September 19, 2013

Feeding hay before grains appeared to reduce the intensity of cribbing episodes in a recent study.... Read More

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Stall Walking

March 28, 2013

I just bought a mare only to find out she is a stall walker. Is there a fix for stall walkers?... Read More

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Study Evaluates Cribbers' Sleeping Habits

January 10, 2013

British researchers found horses that crib spend less time in "standing sleep" mode than horses that don't.... Read More

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Incessant Licking

October 01, 2012

I have a very athletic 10-year-old, 17-hand Warmblood gelding who is very well-behaved. He doesn't bite, doesn... Read More

Article

So, You Want to be an Equine Behaviorist

October 01, 2012

I am extremely interested in becoming an equine behaviorist. I want to know more about how to go about pursuin... Read More

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Mouthy Mystery

October 01, 2012

When my friend rides her Thoroughbred gelding in the arena, after doing several side passes over and over agai... Read More

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Stall Rest Suggestions

September 01, 2012

I have a horse that is on stall rest while recovering from a fractured humeru... Read More

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On Stall Rest and Low Spirits

September 01, 2012

What can I do to keep my horse's spirits up while he's on stall rest? Rather than becoming agitated, he seems ... Read More