Behavior

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Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

September 15, 2016

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horses Learning From Each Other

September 13, 2016

The majority of respondents said they've used more experienced horses to help inexperienced ones through new situations.... Read More

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Castration: A Crucial Part of Responsible Ownership

September 13, 2016

Being a responsible horse owner involves deciding if and when castration is appropriate. ... Read More

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Dr. Sue McDonnell's Help for a Buddy-Sour Horse

September 08, 2016

My gelding has separation anxiety when away from his pasture buddy. How can I address this issue?... Read More

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Do Nervous Mares Have Nervous Foals?

September 07, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell shares research-based insight into how a mare's temperament might influence her foal.... Read More

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Needle-Shy Horse Advice

September 06, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell offers step-by-step advice for helping a horse who's afraid of getting shots from the vet.... Read More

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Study: Poor Equine Welfare, 'Pessimism' Linked

September 02, 2016

Factors such as constant individual stabling and restricted feeding can make horses less optimistic, researchers found.... Read More

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Moody Horses

September 01, 2016

Does it sometimes seem like your horse is having a bad day? Here are the possible reasons behind equine mood swings.... Read More

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Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

September 01, 2016

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being.... Read More

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Why Are Horses Nervous When It's Windy?

August 30, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell offers reasons horses might be spookier than normal in windy weather.... Read More

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Managing the Fearful and Anxious Horse

August 25, 2016

Do you feel unsafe with your horse when you're on the ground or riding? Our behavior and vet experts are here to help!... Read More

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10 Anxious Horse Resources on TheHorse.com

August 25, 2016

Get tips on steps you can take to help soothe your horse's nerves and create a safer environment for everyone involved.... Read More

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Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

August 23, 2016

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn.... Read More

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Can We Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

August 18, 2016

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity.... Read More

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Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

August 11, 2016

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

August 08, 2016

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training.... Read More

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Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... Read More

Horses learn to associate movements (such as backing up) with the release of pressure (the handler stops tapping the whip), which in horse training circles is known as negative reinforcement.

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Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

August 04, 2016

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do.... Read More

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How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

August 03, 2016

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Are Equine Personality Traits Heritable?

August 02, 2016

Researchers studied personality trends in draft horses, Warmbloods, and draft-Warmblood-crosses to find out.... Read More

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.

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Does Exercise Impact Horses' Nighttime Resting Behavior?

July 28, 2016

Horses spent less time resting at night during weeks they worked than they did during weeks they didn't, scientists say.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Trailer Loading Competency

July 26, 2016

Of the 901 respondents, 703 (78%) said they are confident their horse would load in a trailer on the first try. ... Read More

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Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

July 24, 2016

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science.... Read More

Article

Common Senior Horse Behavior Problems

July 21, 2016

What is the most common behavior problem or case you see in aging horses?... Read More

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How Behaviorists Help Vets Diagnose Horse Health Problems

July 20, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell explains how behaviorists and vets can work together to identify horses' pain and disease.... Read More