Behavior

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Picking a Children's Pony

November 01, 2003

One of the fondest memories I have as a very young child is hugging and brushing a pony that our neighbors had, and I had always wanted to have one of my own. Our daughter is 3 1/2 years old and we are expecting our second child, a boy, in... Read More

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Understanding Male Aggression

October 01, 2003

I purchased my horse a year ago knowing he had some aggression problems. He is great around people, just not around other horses. Unfortunately, when he attacks, he goes for the throat just behind the jaw line. He refuses to let go at times,... Read More

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Wild about Behavior

September 01, 2003

Why does my stallion not perform as eagerly in the breeding shed as in the past? Why does my mare's ground behavior become nearly unbearable during estrus? Is there a reason that my gelding isn't moving along as easily in his training as other... Read More

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Senior Citizen Surgery

July 01, 2003

When a senior horse needs surgery, there is a concern that he will not survive the procedure because of age. ... Read More

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Slow-Starting Stallion

July 01, 2003

We just started using a 3-year-old Quarter Horse stallion for breeding. He is sort of interested and will rub his head on the mare a bit, but he drops about half-way, then up, down, up, down. He doesn't seem shy or anxious, just lazy, like a... Read More

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Effects of Imprinting

July 01, 2003

Results of Texas A&M University's research into imprinting's effects on six-month-old foals conclude that neither the frequency of imprinting sessions nor their timing after birth influenced foals' later behavior. Some veterinarians disagree... Read More

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What Makes a Horse Yawn?

June 01, 2003

What makes a horse yawn? Is it a sign of anything in particular?... Read More

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Follow-Up: Carnivorous Horses

May 01, 2003

Last October, we shared letters from three readers describing horses killing and/or eating small mammals and birds (see "Carnivous Horses," article #3832 at Read More

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Heritability of Behavior

May 01, 2003

One of the most complex and least-studied subjects involving the horse is heritability of behavior. Do horses truly inherit behavioral traits, or do these traits simply come into being as the result of environmental factors and influences? There... Read More

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Trailer Resistance

March 01, 2003

I've had my yearling filly all of her life. I trained her from week one to trailer load, and she was fine with getting in and out. However, this was with a four-horse slant load trailer that steps up. Now I need to load her into a two-horse... Read More

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Federal Funds to Support Animal Health and Disease Research

February 19, 2003

According to an Associated Press story on bloodhorse.com, The University of Kentucky (UK) will receive $11.36 million in funding in the current federal budget, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Ground Handling the Problem Horse

February 03, 2003

Every veterinarian has had an equine client (or three) that resisted treatment and often a nightmarish story to go along with it. Compliant patients allow for safer and more efficient veterinary practices, so the American Association of Equine... Read More

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Keeping a Stallion With a Foaling Mare, or Mares

December 01, 2002

We have a mare and stallion together in a pasture. We borrowed a stallion in August just to breed this mare. They have been together since then, and we just had the mare checked for the first time since they were together and found out that... Read More

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Fly Masks

November 01, 2002

When I am bringing fly-masked horses in from the field, I feel insecure, as if it's hard to tell what they are doing. I always feel better when fall comes and the masks come off. I've talked to other people who feel the same way. Do you know... Read More

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Carnivorous Horses

October 01, 2002

While taking questions from the audience at a one-day behavior program in New Zealand this May, a well-respected horse owner and trainer described behavior she had recently witnessed in a horse involving a scenario I had never heard or thought... Read More

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Behavior Symposium will Feature Natural Horsemanship

September 06, 2002

Horse owners will have the chance to saddle up alongside Robert M. Miller DVM, to experience the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort's "Natural Horsemanship" symposium offered Nov. 17-20, 2002. The event is designed to introduce equine enthusiasts to... Read More

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Stallion Mounting Behavior

September 01, 2002

I'm a veterinarian asking this question on behalf of clients who are standing a stallion at stud. The stallion isn't new to breeding or to this farm; he's in his third or fourth breeding season. He normally breeds eagerly, without hesitation... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Welfare Conference

September 01, 2002

A recent gathering of equine behavior and welfare specialists in Holar, Northern Iceland, gave scientists from around the world the opportunity to present their work and review the science underpinning management practices on the horse. The... Read More

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Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More

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Parelli Pennings: My Experience

July 08, 2002

I'm only sorry that everyone can't have the adventure in learning that I'm looking forward to this week while visiting Pat Parelli's International Center in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Two Lexington, Ky., mounted police officers and myself are heading out ... Read More

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It's In the Attitude

July 01, 2002

Man has been linked to the horse for centuries, but often in the past, it was more of an adversary relationship than a partnership. In recent years, that has changed for many horse owners. Thanks to the efforts of equine behaviorists at the... Read More

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Anti-Social Behavior

June 01, 2002

I am looking for some guidance on a horse I'd like to buy. He is an ex-racehorse, about eight years old, with no information on his history--not even a name.

The problem is that he kicks at other horses when ridden. He kicks... Read More

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Overly Social Behavior?

June 01, 2002

Why does my son's mare seem interested in another mare in a bordering pasture? --via e-mail

Without further information, I can offer explanations for a couple of likely scenarios. If the mare is just buddying up with another mare... Read More

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Horse Sense Used in Making Animated Film

May 14, 2002

Most horse owners cringe when they see non-horse people trying to present equines to the public based on what they think they know. At DreamWorks, which is releasing the animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron on May 24, animators an... Read More

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Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit... Read More