Handling and Restraint


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


Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined

November 10, 2011

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


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


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


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


A Studly Gelding

October 01, 2011

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


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


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


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


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.


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


Parade Protocol Recommendations for Horses

July 29, 2011

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


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


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


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


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


Rescue Horse Rehab

February 01, 2011

Do you have any advice on the emotional rehabilitation of horses coming to rescues from abusive situations?... Read More


Panicky Horse? Vitamin B Might Help

December 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us what we can do to decrease the likelihood of a horsey panic attack.... Read More


Safe (Equine) Teasing

December 01, 2010

Teasing is essential to detect when a broodmare is in estrus, but it's no easy feat due to the size and power of the animals involved. Safety should be top priority--to avoid injury to horses and people.... Read More


10 Steps for Successful Live Cover

December 01, 2010

Promote safe and successful live cover breeding with careful preparation and attention to safety.... Read More


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


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


"Conflict Behavior" Evaluation Varies Among Horse Professionals

September 06, 2010

There's a new term that describes the actions of our horses in response to our unclear cues or handling: "conflict behavior." Horses showing conflict behavior might buck, rear, toss their heads, gape their mouths, or try to escape their handlers, to ... Read More


Genetic Response to Training Found

September 05, 2010

Researchers measured the way muscle genes are switched on and off when a Thoroughbred exercises and found that these genes work together to adapt to exercise training. "As any trainer knows, different muscles respond and adapt t... Read More