Handling and Restraint

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.

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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

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Parade Protocol Recommendations for Horses

July 29, 2011

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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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"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

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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

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Learning to Load

September 01, 2010

At what age is it safe to start introducing a young horse to loading on a trailer? ... Read More

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Farm Safety Tips

September 01, 2010

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? ... Read More

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Training: Food Rewards Are More Effective Than Physical Contact

August 30, 2010

Everybody loves a good back scratch, including your horse, right? Scratching of the withers has been scientifically proven to reduce a horse's heart rate, but a good scratch might not be enough to communicate to your horse that you're h... Read More

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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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