Stable and Other Vices


Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More


Posture, Behaviors Indicate Horse Well-Being

March 13, 2010

If a horse spends most of his time standing in the same position in his stall, would you say he's just bored? And what about a mare that threatens to bite when you approach her stall--is she vicious?

The latest behavior research ... Read More


Horse Stereotypies Vary by Discipline, Researchers Say

March 04, 2010

Some horses crib, some weave, some chew wood. Some have many in-stall habits, while others have practically none. But these equine stereotypies are not as random as they might seem. According to recent findings from an equine behavior research ... Read More


Student Research on Horse Behavior

March 01, 2010

Q: I am a third-year veterinary student at Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. I am working on a paper for my Equine Health Management class, and I am focusing on equine behavioral stereotypies (cribbing, weaving, stall/box walking) and pasturing...... Read More


I'm Knocking, But Don't Answer!

February 01, 2010

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses how a horse owner can get rid of her horse's incessant door-banging behavior in a week.... Read More


Dominance Issues

October 01, 2009

I have a 2-year-old Fox Trotter gelding that seems to always be in a bad mood. He hardly ever puts his ears f... Read More


Weaving Worries

September 01, 2009

I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently obtained him and noticed lameness in the right f... Read More


Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

August 31, 2009

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses ... Read More


Cribbing Not a Learned Behavior, Researchers Say

August 11, 2009

Despite many horse owners' belief to the contrary, researchers concluded in a new study that cribbing does not appear to be a learned disorder. However, genetic predisposition appears to be a factor, especially among Thoroughbreds.

Julia D.... Read More


Research Shows Exercised Horses Have Fewer Unwanted Behaviors

August 06, 2009

Providing a stabled horse with one hour of exercise daily has beneficial effects on horse welfare, as well as handler safety, according to a new study.

"Providing horses with a daily exercise regime, as well as regular positive... Read More


Nip Nipping in the Bud

August 01, 2009

A few of our therapy horses are very mouthy. When they are in session and have a child on their back they try ... Read More


Self-Mutilation or Pain?

July 01, 2009

I have a horse that I believe is displaying a form of self-mutilating behavior, and I'm wondering if you have ... Read More


Equine Diet and Behavior Link Explored

April 16, 2009

The authors found horses fed more hay displayed generally quieter behavior, and fewer stereotypic behaviors (such as cribbing or weaving), compared to horses fed infrequent and large high-starch meals.... Read More


Equine Ulcers and Stress: Danish Study Looks at Link

April 07, 2009

It is not unusual for horses to get stomach ulcers. But how important are the ulcers? Is it because the horse is stressed that it gets stomach ulcers? And does a horse with stomach ulcers have a greater tendency to crib or have other types of abnorma... Read More


Readers Reveal Their Horses' Habits

March 10, 2009

More than 1,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What 'bad habits' do your horses have?"

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More


Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More


Cribbing: Can You Stop It?

November 01, 2008

Many horses kept in unnatural environments and subjected to the stress of performance careers resort to repetitive behaviors (called stereotypies) such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking.... Read More


Behavior: Discipline for Kicking and Striking

August 01, 2008

Q: We have a disagreement in our barn: How do you best handle immediate discipline for a horse that strikes out with both front feet or cow-kicks and knows better (not a young horse)? Those people in our barn who have Western... Read More


Avoiding Hazardous Horseplay

July 16, 2008

Swiss researchers have released new data on risk factors and prevention measures for some of the greatest dangers to horses: other horses.

Anyone who has spent time on a farm with more than one horse could tell you that bites and kicks are... Read More


Brain Dysfunction in Cribbing Horses Gives Researchers Something to Chew On

June 03, 2008

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered that cribbing horses learn differently than horses that don't crib.

Cribbing is a stereotypy in which a horse grasps an object between his incisor teeth and... Read More


Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... Read More


Pawing Problem

February 01, 2008

Is there a humane method for breaking my 4-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter mare from pawing? ... Read More


Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who appears to be in perfect condition, except he belches. Often.... Read More


Oral Attacks

October 01, 2007

Q: We have an Arabian who, for some reason, has taken to chewing on the horse trailer when we are at a show. He has never done this before. He started gnawing on the fender. We tied him away from the fender, and he started chewing... Read More