Behavior

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Deafness in American Paint Horses Examined

December 03, 2009

Paint Horses with certain coat patterns and blue eyes are more at risk for deafness than others.... Read More

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Management of Blind Horses Discussed at Equine Ophthalmology Meeting

November 29, 2009

Blind horses can usually get by with a little help from a friend; or, in this case, a trustworthy companion horse, said Ann Dwyer, DVM, a private practitioner with a strong interest in equine ophthalmology and co-owner of Genesee Valley Equin... Read More

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U.K. Pony Euthanized After Fireworks Injury

November 09, 2009

A pony in Dartford, U.K., had to be put down Friday morning after he panicked and crashed into a lamppost during fireworks, Horse and Hound reported. The... Read More

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Horse Sleep Disorders and Seizures Reviewed for Equine Vets

November 02, 2009

If you have ever witnessed a horse having a so-called "episodic event," you aren't likely to soon forget it, particularly if the event occurred while the horse was under saddle. Episodic events are defined here as unusual or... Read More

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Foaling Among Peers

November 01, 2009

We have a 20-year-old Paint mare due to foal soon. Her pasturemate is a 15-year-old open mare who has had prev... Read More

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Empty Leg and an Attitude?

November 01, 2009

Q:Please help. No matter who we talk to we can't seem to figure out what's going on with my daughter's 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding. He is losing weight, but he is eating everything in sight, and... Read More

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Mares' Social Bonds Might Enhance Reproductive Success

October 07, 2009

Mares that form close social bonds with other mares have improved pregnancy, foal birth, and foal survival rates, said a group of researchers studying wild herds in the North Island of New Zealand. The mares' enhanced reproductive... Read More

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Study: Horse Whinnies Packed with Information

October 05, 2009

Through their whinnies, horses convey specific information about their identities, including sex, height, and weight, according to French researchers. Acoustic analyses of whinnies and the reactions of horses to various recorded whinnies also... 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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Gelding Still Acting Like a Stallion

October 01, 2009

Q: My friend has a 14-year-old gelding who was gelded late (I'm not sure how late, but he did sire some foals) and is pastured with a 23-year-old mare. Last spring they were fine pastured together. This spring, however,... Read More

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Study Sheds Doubt on Marbles' Effect on Mare Heat Cycles

September 26, 2009

Many people have offered solutions to overcome the problems of inconsistent performance while mares are in heat. One method popular with owners today is the implantation of marbles as glass intrauterine devices (IUDs).

"The original paper... Read More

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Bitless Bridles Touted as Safer Alternative for Horses in New Study

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

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Tongue Troubles

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

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Compulsive Urinating on Hay

September 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell works with reader whose horse urinates on his hay as a marking behavior. ... Read More

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Racetrack Veterans Look for Luck in Odd Customs and Beliefs

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

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Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

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

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Horses Read Human Body Cues, Researchers Say

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

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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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Equine Visual Laterality Reinforces Horse Handling Traditions

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

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Headshaking Triggers and Treatment

August 01, 2009

What triggers a horse to flip his head uncontrollably, sometimes to the point of endangering him and his rider?

The amazing thing about horses is how such large, powerful animals can be exquisitely aware of the slightest... Read More

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

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

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Human Injuries Related to Horses Analyzed

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

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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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Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

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