Handling and Restraint

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Earning Back Trust

August 01, 2009

I have a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Simon, that I have owned for five years. I need some real advice be... Read More

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Study: Rein Modifiers Helpful for Novice Riding Lessons

July 13, 2009

A training martingale--a piece of equipment with rings on either side of the horse's neck to stabilize rein position--might provide a more comfortable experience for lesson horses in novice riding programs.

In a study at Michigan State... 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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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

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Trailer Loading Methods

June 01, 2009

Do you recommend a particular method for efficiently helping owners load their horses under these veterinary c... Read More

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Feet Feud

May 01, 2009

My horse Lucky has started a behavior problem when we handle his feet. He's always been awesome about lifting... Read More

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New Herdmates

May 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse's attitude changed with his new barn. ... Read More

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Study: Safety Measures to Minimize Injuries to Equine Vets Needed

February 22, 2009

Due to the high number of work-related serious injuries incurred by equine practitioners, Australian researchers are urging vets to identify and utilize improved safe handling practices.

"It is known that large animal veterinarians have a... Read More

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Research Sheds Light on Equine Long-Term Memory

February 20, 2009

Remember back when that umbrella popped open and spooked your horse? That might have been five or even 10 years ago, but new research into equine long-term memory (LTM) shows that your horse probably remembers those events just as well as you do... Read More

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The Heartbreak of Separation Anxiety

November 01, 2008

Separating horses from their buddies can be problematic and sometimes even dangerous to horse and handler—here’s how to ease the pain of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a relatively common condition among horses,... Read More

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New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More

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Imprint-Trained Trotting Filly Passes $1 Million Mark

September 21, 2008

Buck I St. Pat has been trotting along the road to glory since she was two days old.

That was the first time that breeder Ron Fuller, DVM, hooked the Standardbred filly to an old goat cart and let her pull it around. "They'll follow their... Read More

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Equid Emotions and Laterality: Is there a Connection?

September 01, 2008

Does your horse give "dirty" looks? Rather than trying to read his expression, you might be able get some clues about how your horse really feels about objects by paying attention to which eye he uses to observe them. French... Read More

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Aligning Training with Horse Behavior

August 27, 2008

Along with researching drugs, treatments, and techniques to keep your horse healthy, equine researchers are discovering how handling and training methods can be brought more in line with horses' natural behaviors and instincts for a more harmonious... Read More

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One Step Horsemanship (AAEP 2007)

July 30, 2008

In order to establish a good relationship with a horse, one has to spend hands-on time with them. We do this with pet dogs, he said, but often we don't bother spending time with our horses until we want to use them. They should be touched, groomed... Read More

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Study: Positive Reinforcement Aids Equine Training

July 21, 2008

In a preliminary study on equine training, Michigan State researchers found that while adding positive reinforcement did not make horses learn a frightening task faster than horses that were handled using only traditional negative... Read More

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Link Between Facial Hair Whorls and Horse 'Handedness' Reported

June 23, 2008

Irish researchers identified a unique link between equine motor laterality, or "handedness," and specific characteristics of facial hair whorls (trichoglyphs): right-handed horses had significantly more clockwise whorls whereas whorls were more... Read More

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Horse Behavior: War on Punishment

June 20, 2008

Question from a reader:

I see the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has posted a statement from their American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) about the use of punishment for behavior... Read More

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Healthy Horses Workshop: The Language of Gold

June 20, 2008

During the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one day is set aside for horse owners in the area to listen to experts in the field lecture and demonstrate on specific aspects involved in the overall wellness,... Read More

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Catching Your Horse: Eye Contact Might Not Matter

June 11, 2008

According to a University of Pennsylvania study, whether or not you make eye contact with your horse doesn't necessarily influence how successful you'll be in catching him in an open pasture.

Experienced horse handlers and educators have... Read More

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Stubborn or Fearful?

June 01, 2008

Q: Recently, I was working with a group of veterinary students and a patient. It was a colt that had experienced minimal handling or training for leading before arriving at the hospital. On the way to his stall, he needed to be... Read More

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Desensitizing Your Horse to Fly Spray

May 01, 2008

A HORSE'S LAMENT: How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. 'Tis the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril. Yonder vessel full of foul sound and fury. Cruel icy tears assailing my body. --Equus... Read More

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Equine Color Vision Research: Seeing Things Differently

April 30, 2008

If you have a horse of a different color, chances are your horse knows it--although he might not be able to say if he's red or green.

New physiological and behavioral research by various teams across the globe has added weight to the... Read More

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How to Block the Ear

April 06, 2008

A few horses out there like to have their ears rubbed, but many are tolerant of ear handling at best, and violently ear shy at worst. When these horses need to have veterinary work done around their ears, such as biopsies or stitching of... Read More

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Training a One-Eyed Horse

April 01, 2008

Working with visually impaired horses has been mostly with those that lost vision as an adult, after they had been trained. And, in general, the horses I have worked with directly have impressed me with how adaptable they have been with losing vision... Read More