Behavior

Article

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

Commentary

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

Article

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 11, 2016

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

Article

Spotting the Problem Patient

May 11, 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

Commentary

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

Article

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

Article

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

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Understanding Horse Behavior

April 28, 2016

Why do horses do the things they do? A behaviorist talks about how horses learn, stereotypies, herd dynamics, and more!... Read More

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10 Horse Behavior Resources on TheHorse.com

April 28, 2016

We've scoured our archives and gathered 10 resources you can use to decode your horses' behavior.... Read More

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Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which is Less Stressful?

April 28, 2016

Horses in the group housing situation had fewer stress indicators than those stalled individually, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?... Read More

Article

Adopting a Mustang: What It Takes

April 25, 2016

Considering adopting a mustang? Here's what you need to know. ... Read More

Article

Do Riders Maintain Consistent Rein Pressure?

April 23, 2016

A rider's rein tension can vary within the same stride, which could have equine welfare repercussions, researchers said.... Read More

Article

Study: Low-Ranking Horses Harbor More Parasites

April 22, 2016

Researchers found a distinct link between dominance rank and parasite load in horses that had never been dewormed.... Read More

Article

Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More

Commentary

How Can I Tell if My Horse is in Pain?

April 20, 2016

A veterinarian and an equine behaviorist describes behavioral signs of pain in horses.... Read More

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Scent's Influence on Breeding Stallions

April 15, 2016

Study stallions bred quickest if they had the scent of urine from mares in heat on their nostrils.... Read More