Stable and Other Vices
October 01, 2010
Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us how to deal with a new gelding who won't take orders.... Read More
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
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
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
April 01, 2010
Confined horses tend to display undesirable behaviors and are more at risk of developing intestinal, respiratory, or musculoskeletal problems. When stalling your horse, consider effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More
March 13, 2010
If a horse spends most of his time standing in the same position in his stall, would you say he's just bored? And what about a mare that threatens to bite when you approach her stall--is she vicious?
The latest behavior research ... Read More
March 04, 2010
Some horses crib, some weave, some chew wood. Some have many in-stall habits, while others have practically none. But these equine stereotypies are not as random as they might seem. According to recent findings from an equine behavior research ... Read More
March 01, 2010
Q: I am a third-year veterinary student at Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. I am working on a paper for my Equine Health Management class, and I am focusing on equine behavioral stereotypies (cribbing, weaving, stall/box walking) and pasturing...... Read More
February 01, 2010
Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses how a horse owner can get rid of her horse's incessant door-banging behavior in a week.... Read More
October 01, 2009
I have a 2-year-old Fox Trotter gelding that seems to always be in a bad mood. He hardly ever puts his ears f... Read More
September 01, 2009
I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently obtained him and noticed lameness in the right f... Read More
August 31, 2009
Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses ... Read More
August 11, 2009
Despite many horse owners' belief to the contrary, researchers concluded in a new study that cribbing does not appear to be a learned disorder. However, genetic predisposition appears to be a factor, especially among Thoroughbreds.
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August 06, 2009
Providing a stabled horse with one hour of exercise daily has beneficial effects on horse welfare, as well as handler safety, according to a new study.
"Providing horses with a daily exercise regime, as well as regular positive... Read More
August 01, 2009
A few of our therapy horses are very mouthy. When they are in session and have a child on their back they try ... Read More
July 01, 2009
I have a horse that I believe is displaying a form of self-mutilating behavior, and I'm wondering if you have ... Read More
April 16, 2009
The authors found horses fed more hay displayed generally quieter behavior, and fewer stereotypic behaviors (such as cribbing or weaving), compared to horses fed infrequent and large high-starch meals.... Read More
April 07, 2009
It is not unusual for horses to get stomach ulcers. But how important are the ulcers? Is it because the horse is stressed that it gets stomach ulcers? And does a horse with stomach ulcers have a greater tendency to crib or have other types of abnorma... Read More
March 10, 2009
More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What 'bad habits' do your horses have?"
February 01, 2009
A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals--from novel gadgets to emerging therapies.
Whether he's in the clinic or on the road, your vet tends to everyone's needs but his own. Good thin... Read More
November 05, 2008
Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More
November 01, 2008
Many horses kept in unnatural environments and subjected to the stress of performance careers resort to repetitive behaviors (called stereotypies) such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking.... Read More
August 01, 2008
Q: We have a disagreement in our barn: How do you best handle immediate discipline for a horse that strikes out with both front feet or cow-kicks and knows better (not a young horse)? Those people in our barn who have Western... Read More
July 16, 2008
Swiss researchers have released new data on risk factors and prevention measures for some of the greatest dangers to horses: other horses.
Anyone who has spent time on a farm with more than one horse could tell you that bites and kicks are... Read More
June 03, 2008
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered that cribbing horses learn differently than horses that don't crib.
Cribbing is a stereotypy in which a horse grasps an object between his incisor teeth and... Read More
Q. I've been told that hand-feeding treats to horses promotes biting. What is the "industry" stance on this issue? In my limited experience they seem to enjoy it and almost all horses I've hand-fed take it gently with their lips.