Behavior

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Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... Read More

Horses learn to associate movements (such as backing up) with the release of pressure (the handler stops tapping the whip), which in horse training circles is known as negative reinforcement.

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Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

August 04, 2016

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do.... Read More

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How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

August 03, 2016

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found.... Read More

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Are Equine Personality Traits Heritable?

August 02, 2016

Researchers studied personality trends in draft horses, Warmbloods, and draft-Warmblood-crosses to find out.... Read More

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.

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Does Exercise Impact Horses' Nighttime Resting Behavior?

July 28, 2016

Horses spent less time resting at night during weeks they worked than they did during weeks they didn't, scientists say.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Trailer Loading Competency

July 26, 2016

Of the 901 respondents, 703 (78%) said they are confident their horse would load in a trailer on the first try. ... Read More

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Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

July 24, 2016

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

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Common Senior Horse Behavior Problems

July 21, 2016

What is the most common behavior problem or case you see in aging horses?... Read More

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How Behaviorists Help Vets Diagnose Horse Health Problems

July 20, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell explains how behaviorists and vets can work together to identify horses' pain and disease.... Read More

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

July 14, 2016

Our equine behavior expert offers advice for applying learning theory and treat-training under saddle.... Read More

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How Equine Memory Systems Work

July 14, 2016

Which memory system a horse uses each time he learns a task depends on a variety of factors. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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British Researchers Seeking to Improve Horse Welfare

July 12, 2016

Welfare issues include stress/pain behavior; inappropriate nutrition, stabling, and turnout; and delayed death.... Read More

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Behaviorist: Train According to Horses' Ethology, Cognition

July 08, 2016

Consider horses' unique abilities and needs to carry out welfare-friendly, efficient training, one researcher says.... Read More

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Understanding Herd Dynamics

July 03, 2016

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

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Study: Stress Impairs Horses' Learning Abilities

June 30, 2016

French researchers found that the degree of that impairment depends on training method and the individual horse.... 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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4th of July When You Have Horses at Home

June 22, 2016

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