Handling and Restraint

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Bilateral Training Improves Performance, Welfare, Researchers Say

August 17, 2010

Congratulations, your horse has learned a new trick! Now, start all over again--this time on the other side. That's right; it turns out if you want your horse to learn a trick or skill correctly, you're probably going to have... Read More

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Study: Rein Tension Varies Between Riders, Affects Horses' Gaits

August 13, 2010

You know what it means to apply light contact with the bit, but have you ever wondered if your interpretation is the same as other riders’? And how strong is "strong contact," exactly? What kinds of effects do these different ha... Read More

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Defensive Horsemanship Keeps Owners Safe when Working with Horses

August 09, 2010

A person who practices defensive horsemanship is less likely to be hurt while handling a horse, Robert M. Miller, DVM, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., said at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association meeting July 31-Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Ga.... Read More

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Equitation Science Symposium Emphasizes Horse Welfare and Human Safety

August 03, 2010

Rein tension, saddle and seat pressure, training rewards and reinforcement, and the evaluation of stress and emotions in riding horses were some of the main topics at this year's International Equitation Science Symposium held July 31&ndash... Read More

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Sedative, Analgesic, and Anesthetic Usage in Horses

July 27, 2010

How much do veterinarians use sedatives, analgesics (painkillers), and general anesthetics in horses? Veterinarians at The Ohio State University surveyed members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to find out.... Read More

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Ways to Wean Young Horses

July 01, 2010

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Weaning a foal can be painful or painless, depending on how you do it.... Read More

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Teach Your Horse to Ground Tie

June 01, 2010

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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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Behavioral Abnormalities Discussed by Vets

March 12, 2010

A lively Table Topic discussion on Equine Behavioral Abnormalities was held at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Horses and Veterinarians

March 08, 2010

According to Robert Miller, DVM, almost everything a veterinarian does to a horse is frightening or painful.... Read More

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Anesthesia and Pain Management

March 08, 2010

A summary of anesthesia and pain management for horses from the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Eye Position and Animal Agility Study Published

March 07, 2010

New research from scientists in Liverpool has revealed the relationship between agility and vision in mammals. The study, published in February in the Journal of Anatomy, sampled 51 species to compare the relationship between agility and... Read More

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First Steps for Foal Handling

March 01, 2010

Discussion of the many ways to teach young horses/foals to submit to humans; from imprinting to halter training, tying, grooming, and much more.... Read More

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Horses and Veterinarians: How to Get Along

February 20, 2010

"Veterinarians work under a great handicap when handling horses--almost everything the veterinarian does to a horse is either frightening or painful," began Robert Miller, DVM. However, that doesn't mean there's no way for a v... Read More

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Teaching Old Ponies New Tricks: Positive Reinforcement Effective

February 14, 2010

What's best for teaching an old pony new tricks: The carrot or the whip? Equine behavior research says carrot.... Read More

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Training: Positive Reinforcement Improves Horse Memory

February 11, 2010

The research team that demonstrated yearlings perform much better if their training included feed rewards as positive reinforcement is now back to let us know that positive reinforcement gets engrained in young horses' minds for the long ha... Read More

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Horses Demonstrate Ability to Count in New Study

December 06, 2009

It's no circus trick: researchers have shown that horses can count, despite 100 years of belief to the contrary. By dropping apples one by one into two buckets, researchers determined that horses almost always chose the bucket with more apples... Read More

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Working Horse, Donkey, and Mule Welfare Examined in New Study

December 05, 2009

Since more than 85% of the world's equids (estimated at 94 million) live in developing countries where they are used for work, and because there are few studies looking at how different types of work affect these animals' welfare... Read More

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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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Off-the-Track Thoroughbred Dubbed 'World's Smartest Horse'

November 24, 2009

For 37 years Karen Murdock has dedicated her life to horses, doing everything from dressage and barrel racing to jumping and trail riding. But in all her experiences she has never encountered a horse quite like Lukas. Starting out as a... Read More

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National Equine Welfare Code of Practice Endorsed

November 12, 2009

A national Welfare Code of Practice has been endorsed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the U.S.... Read More

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Quality Road to Van Home, Gate Work Planned

November 11, 2009

Quality Road not only suffered several injuries from his traumatic incident at the starting gate prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic, he suffered mentally as well and now will have to van home to Belmont Park from California after refusing... Read More

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Working Animal Welfare: Seeking Sustainable Solutions

November 06, 2009

In developing countries, working horses, donkeys, and mules are most often used for heavy labor, whether it be hauling heavy loads of cargo or carrying tourists up and down a mountain.

The animals might be suffering from... Read More

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Lexington Mounted Police to Share Training Tips with Civilian Riders

November 05, 2009

Civilian riders can earn their stripes, so to speak, by attending a presentation November 19 by the Lexington Mounted Police. The free public program offered by Alltech, sponsor of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, is entitled "Sensor... Read More