Handling and Restraint

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Effect of Bit Type on Performance Horses Evaluated

December 08, 2011

Regardless of the bit used, each horse's performance remained constant in the two dressage tests.... Read More

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Equine Welfare Monitoring System Under Evaluation

December 06, 2011

The system includes animal-based measurements developed from criteria described in scientific literature.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Pheromone Gel's Calming Effects on Horses

December 04, 2011

Horses treated with pheromones were less stressed during cognitive sessions after travel than untreated ones.... Read More

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Investigative Behavior's Influence on Horse Jumping

November 29, 2011

Investigative behavior applied to training can help jumping horses gain confidence when faced with new jumps.... Read More

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Heart Rate's Effect on Equine Performance

November 27, 2011

A research team found that in young horses, as heart rate increased performance quality decreased.... Read More

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Can Horses 'Watch and Learn'?

November 25, 2011

One experiment showed a trend suggesting it was possible, but another refuted that evidence.... Read More

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Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

November 23, 2011

Conventional saddles were much more effective in distributing pressure evenly over the horse's back.... Read More

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Rider and Handler Effect on Horse Behavior

November 19, 2011

Riders and handlers might have a considerable affect on a horse's behavior, especially in fearful situations.... Read More

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Conventional vs. Natural Training: Which is Less Stressful?

November 14, 2011

Natural training methods produced fewer signs of stress in young horses at three important stages of training.... Read More

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Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined

November 10, 2011

Researchers found a definite trend towards fundamental gender differences in equine behavior.... Read More

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Longeing in Neck Hyperflexion Might Not Cause Horses Stress

November 06, 2011

No significant differences in stress between horses working in hyperflexion and those that did not were noted.... Read More

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Researcher: Prime Equine Performance Linked to Good Welfare

November 01, 2011

Horses need good health care, and to be treated fairly and as individuals to perform at their best.... Read More

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Microchipping vs. Branding Horses: Which is Less Stressful?

October 25, 2011

There was no significant difference in stress levels between horses that were branded or microchipped.... Read More

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A Studly Gelding

October 01, 2011

This year he started displaying stallionlike behavior when the mares he's... Read More

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Researchers Examine One-Sided Imprint Training

September 26, 2011

Research indicates that one-sided imprint training is not might not be as beneficial as once thought.... Read More

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Horse Adoption/Rescue

September 21, 2011

How can you find the right horse to rescue or adopt? Our experts offer advice about rehomed horses.... Read More

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Horse Adoption: The Transition Period

September 01, 2011

After completing the adoption process and bringing your new charge home, help him adjust to his new surroundin... 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

Hartmann's study concluded that it was not less stressful to habituate naive young horses to social separation using a herdmate as a training partner as opposed to alone.

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The Effect of Training Partners on Social Separation

August 18, 2011

Researchers examined if using a herdmate as a training partner for a young horse beneficial in the long run.... Read More

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Parade Protocol Recommendations for Horses

July 29, 2011

Special considerations should be made before taking a horse to a parade.... Read More

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Keep Horses Calm with Desensitization Training

June 06, 2011

According to a recent study, doing some at-home preparations could aid horses in staying calm when faced with... 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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Do Horses Recognize Their People?

May 02, 2011

Does a horse respond differently to "his person" as opposed to a stranger? The results of a recent French study indicate that horses use auditory and visual information to recognize specific people, and that they expect certain behaviors from those ... Read More

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Mustangs Teach RU Students About Nutrition, Behavior

April 02, 2011

What do wild mustangs have to teach people? If you ask the students enrolled in Rutgers University's (RU) Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP), the answer will likely be, "plenty." For the past two years, the YHTRP, headed by Sarah L. ... Read More

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Rescue Horse Rehab

February 01, 2011

Sue McDonnell, PhD, on how to approach horses who exhibit extreme separation anxiety as a result of abuse... Read More