Handling and Restraint

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bitless: A New Breed of Bridle

August 01, 2007

What is the difference between The Bitless Bridle and other cross-under bitless bridles (CBBs) versus the traditional type of bit-free bridles such as the hackamore? Even more importantly, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the CBBs versus ... Read More

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Training Your Horse for Procedures--And Everything Else

July 21, 2007

"It is our responsibility to have the horse so well trained that we can do whatever we need to do without a problem," he stated. "Our horse does not have the right to hurt anyone. It's not because the vet smells funny that a horse hurts him... Read More

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Positive Reinforcement

July 01, 2007

Can you explain the concept of positive reinforcement training? What exactly does it mean? I was recently in New Zealand, where I was with a group that seems "converted" to what they call "all-positive training." It sounds like good old-fashioned... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 7: Yielding to Pressure

July 01, 2007

I'm going to start discussing ground manners by talking about a 2-year-old colt from Arkansas who hadn't been handled much. He wasn't mean, he was just uneducated.

I use a rope halter to give me a little more leverage and "bite" if the horse... Read More

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Lessons Learned, Again

July 01, 2007

Sometimes we need to hear the same things again in order to learn them. Or maybe it's not the learning, but the applying what we've learned. I had to call Dr. Andy Anderson after reading his column this month and put his lessons into practice at... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 6: Trailer Loading, Part 2

June 01, 2007

Last month we talked about how to aggravate the horse to load into a trailer. Remember, this isn't beating the horse or getting angry. It's like the horsefly being able to make a 1,000-pound horse move. You merely make it more comfortable to be... Read More

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A Late Start

May 01, 2007

I have a 5-month-old colt that was never halter broken. According to the breeder, it appeared that at one point a halter had been put on him, and the experience was traumatic for him.

Since he came home with me, I have been spending time with... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 5: Trailer Loading Part 1

May 01, 2007

The reason most horses don't load in trailers is that owners have studiously trained them to not load. Horses learn this by accident. The horse gets led up to the trailer and decides not to go in and turns sideways. Then the owner leads him away an... Read More

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Calculating the Equine Attention Span

April 28, 2007

Using operant conditioning, scientists have quantified horses' attention spans, and they have drawn some conclusions that could help horse trainers and owners better understand their charges and how they learn.

The researchers at... Read More