Stable and Other Vices


A Mare's Complicated Trick or Something Else?

September 10, 2015

A reader wonders why her mare turns her head, grits her teeth, and sticks out her tongue. ... Read More


An Old Horse Starts Cribbing

August 27, 2015

My 17-year-old horse started trying to crib recently, which I have never seen him do before. Why would he start now? ... Read More


Common OTTB Behavior Traits

August 13, 2015

I'm considering purchasing an ex-racehorse. Are there any common behavior problems in OTTBs that I should be aware of? ... Read More


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


Stall-Resting Seniors

July 13, 2015

Some horses handle stall rest well, while others would rather not deal with it. Where does your senior horse fall?... Read More


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


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


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


Managing Breeding Stallions

March 19, 2015

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


Winter Boredom Busters for Horses

March 02, 2015

What ideas do you have for dealing with winter horse boredom?... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Managing Mouthiness

April 03, 2014

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


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


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


Controlling Cribbing in Horses

December 19, 2013

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


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


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


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


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