Stable and Other Vices

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So, You Want to be an Equine Behaviorist

October 01, 2012

I am extremely interested in becoming an equine behaviorist. I want to know more about how to go about pursuin... Read More

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Mouthy Mystery

October 01, 2012

When my friend rides her Thoroughbred gelding in the arena, after doing several side passes over and over agai... Read More

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Stall Rest Suggestions

September 01, 2012

I have a horse that is on stall rest while recovering from a fractured humeru... Read More

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On Stall Rest and Low Spirits

September 01, 2012

What can I do to keep my horse's spirits up while he's on stall rest? Rather than becoming agitated, he seems ... Read More

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Equine Intermale Play

July 01, 2012

We have two males living together for the first time in the same pasture. One... Read More

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Stall Kicking Solutions

June 01, 2012

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse has developed a stall kicking problem.... Read More

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Stallionlike Communication

April 01, 2012

My husband and I trail ride frequently, and we both ride geldings. When my horse defecates his horse will walk... Read More

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Is Cribbing A Disease?

April 01, 2012

I have a horse that is a cribber. To make both our lives easier, I've deci... Read More

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Tongue Games

February 01, 2012

My horse sticks out his tongue when he plays with his buddies. Why does he do it?... 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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Behavior of Horses With, Without Gastric Ulcers Compared

November 08, 2011

A study shows that "ulcerated" horses didn't seem to look or act significantly different from healthy horses.... Read More

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Could Vices in Horses be the Basis for a Legal Battle?

November 07, 2011

A researcher discusses what counts as an equine vice and where the fault might lie in a court of law.... Read More

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Turnout's Effects on Stall-Kept Equine Athletes

October 28, 2011

A team of researchers found that a little turnout time can improve behavior in stall-kept equine athletes.... Read More

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Pawing Prevention for Horses

October 01, 2011

A reader looks for help for their laminitic horse who hates being stall-bound.... Read More

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Management Practices Could Help Reduce Cribbing

September 01, 2011

An analysis of cribbing research provides information about the behavior and suggests preventative measures.... 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

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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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The Equine Compulsion to Crib

January 01, 2011

Sue McDonnel, PhD, answers questions about equine cribbing.... Read More

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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

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Causal Relationship Between Cribbing and Colic Examined

October 18, 2010

Scientists have established the link between cribbing (also called windsucking) and colic, but a "causal" relationship between the two remains to be proven say researchers from the University of California, Davis. Colic is an important and often ... Read More

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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

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Does Hand-Feeding Treats Promote Biting?

May 01, 2010

I am a novice horse handler/rider. I've been told that hand-feeding treats to horses promotes biting. What is ... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More

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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