September 12, 2009
Previous studies evaluating the behavioral responses of horses to different types of bridles found that horses perform at least as well, if not better, with a bitless bridle than a jointed snaffle.
To probe deeper into the issue, Robert... Read More
September 01, 2009
I have a filly who occasionally will stick her tongue out the side and loll it at times when I do ground train... Read More
September 01, 2009
Dr. Sue McDonnell works with reader whose horse urinates on his hay as a marking behavior. ... Read More
August 30, 2009
In the modern world of speed figures, tracking devices, and sheets handicapping, just about any racetracker will tell you making it into the hallowed ground of the winner's circle might depend more on cats, birds, bugs, peanuts, popcorn, and... Read More
August 26, 2009
The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic... Read More
August 19, 2009
Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them,... Read More
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
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
August 02, 2009
The convention of leading and mounting the horse from the left might be more than just tradition, according to a new study from St. Andrews University. The study, led by Kate Farmer, MA, at the Harmony Center in Austria, shows that horses... Read More
August 01, 2009
The amazing thing about horses is how such large, powerful animals can be exquisitely aware of the slightest... Read More
July 11, 2009
The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.
"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More
July 05, 2009
The American Horse Council's 2005 report "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States" documents that more than 2 million horse owners are involved in a variety of activities. Millions more people ride horses every year or handle... Read More
July 01, 2009
An increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding, researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences recently reported.
Linda Keeling, PhD, and colleagues tested horses and riders t... Read More
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
June 22, 2009
International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial... Read More
June 10, 2009
Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past... Read More
June 07, 2009
Looking for something new to do with your horses? How about forming a "horse soccer" league!
In this author's experience, the only time this had been seen before was with the Lexington Mounted Police Unit, who use large, inflatable balls... Read More
June 01, 2009
Learn about controlling sexual behavior in equine athletes so it impacts performance less. ... Read More
May 25, 2009
The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009, sponsored in part by Mâlama Lio, a Hawaiian horse magazine, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island. Proceeds from the... Read More
May 22, 2009
Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More
May 11, 2009
International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney for the 5th Equitation Science Annual Conference to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial Parkland Equestrian... Read More
May 11, 2009
Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More
May 01, 2009
Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse's attitude changed with his new barn. ... Read More
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
April 01, 2009
Do you feel breeding can actually benefit the performance behavior?... Read More
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