Handling and Restraint


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


How to Airlift a Horse

March 24, 2008

"The process of airlifting a horse still carries inherent dangers for the horse and rescue personnel," he concluded. "Risks may be lessened by a program that involves regular training, including a helicopter lift when possible, to increase the team's... Read More


Study Correlates Food Rewards with Positive Responses during Training

March 03, 2008

Young horses learn faster and have more positive interactions with humans when they receive food as a reward during training, according to a new study presented at the 34th Annual Read More


Raising a Stud Colt

March 01, 2008

I have bred my first colt this year and thus far have followed handling practices we have used on our previous two filly foals with great success. We have a beautiful Welsh Section C colt who is unafraid of most things, is very people friendly, wil... Read More


Readers Respond: Hold Your Horses

February 13, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you use imprinting or desensitization techniques with your foals?"

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Best Breeding Approach

December 01, 2007

Q: For a horse reproduction project in my equine seminar course, I was trying to find video clips of horses breeding. Well, there were many on YouTube, and it took awhile to find the decent ones. But once I found some that were... Read More


War Drum and The Basics

December 01, 2007

A horse that nearly was sent to the killers because of his dangerous habits learned "The Basics" and became a good citizen. 

No one would ever mistake War Drum for a reining horse... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 11: Diagnose the Problem Before Trying to Fix It

November 01, 2007

There are many people looking for answers for their horses' problems. I've been talking to more and more people, and they all think they have different problems, but generally, horse problems boil down to one of four things: ground manners, under... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 10: Stand Still

October 01, 2007

Horses often need to be restrained for the veterinarian, farrier, or groom. Foals present particular problems, as do horses that might have been mishandled or who have never been taught to be patient and respect their handlers. Here are a few tips... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 9: Sans Twitch

September 01, 2007

Anderson believes twitched horses are dangerous, and twitches aren't needed to tube, clip, trim/shoe, float, deworm, or medicate a horse.
I have no... Read More


Smart Mare, Smarter Vet

September 01, 2007

I am doing some positive reinforcement-based behavior modification for needle shyness in a draft broodmare. This mare is just too big and strong for the old-fashioned restraint methods of working around the problem. She has quite a repertoire of... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 8: Teaching the Movements

August 01, 2007

It's important to teach your horse to respect your personal space

(Editor's Note: Last month we discussed the start of using pressure to work on ground... Read More