Stable and Other Vices

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Turnout's Effects on Stall-Kept Equine Athletes

October 28, 2011

A team of researchers found that a little turnout time can improve behavior in stall-kept equine athletes.... Read More

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Pawing Prevention for Horses

October 01, 2011

A reader looks for help for their laminitic horse who hates being stall-bound.... Read More

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Management Practices Could Help Reduce Cribbing

September 01, 2011

An analysis of cribbing research provides information about the behavior and suggests preventative measures.... Read More

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Imprint Training and Future Performance

August 25, 2011

Dr. Sue McDonnell answers a reader's quesion about foal imprint training.... Read More

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Researcher: Breed and Housing Impact Riding Horses' Temperaments

May 08, 2011

Finding great riding school horses is a perpetual challenge for instructors. There isn't a formula for selecting the ideal school horse--sometimes the perfect mount just comes along, and other times management methods dictate whether a school horse ... Read More

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The Equine Compulsion to Crib

January 01, 2011

Sue McDonnel, PhD, answers questions about equine cribbing.... Read More

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Naughty, Nipping Pony

November 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us why ponies bite and how we can put a stop to the painful behavior.... Read More

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Causal Relationship Between Cribbing and Colic Examined

October 18, 2010

Scientists have established the link between cribbing (also called windsucking) and colic, but a "causal" relationship between the two remains to be proven say researchers from the University of California, Davis. Colic is an important and often ... Read More

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New Gelding Trouble

October 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us how to deal with a new gelding who won't take orders.... Read More

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Does Hand-Feeding Treats Promote Biting?

May 01, 2010

I am a novice horse handler/rider. I've been told that hand-feeding treats to horses promotes biting. What is ... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

Confined horses tend to display undesirable behaviors and are more at risk of developing intestinal, respiratory, or musculoskeletal problems. When stalling your horse, consider effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More

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Tongue Lolling

April 01, 2010

My Friesian filly will sometimes try to bite at her chest and stick her tongue out when I saddle her.... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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