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 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
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
July 15, 2008
Does your horse have a favorite flavor?
Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses... Read More
July 14, 2008
Moved to a tranquil area away from other stallions and shielded from most visitors, temperamental champion and dual classic winner War Emblem now spends his days in a quiet grassy paddock over looking fields containing grazing mares and... Read More
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
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
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
June 08, 2008
Champion and Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem is responding well to therapy for a breeding behavior dysfunction, according to experts at the University of Pennsylvania.
"He has had fertile sperm, but for several years has remained selective... 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
May 22, 2008
A Mexican donkey has been freed from jail after doing time for assault and battery. The Televisa network on Wednesday showed "Blacky" gobbling food from a bucket after spending three days in a jail that normally holds people for public... Read More
May 20, 2008
A donkey is doing time in southern Mexico for assault and battery.
The animal was locked up at a local jail that normally holds people for public drunkenness and other disturbances after it bit and kicked two men near a ranch in Chiapas... Read More
May 11, 2008
Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More
May 04, 2008
"If you are going to submit your horse to repetitive loud noises, earplugs are a good idea," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, of Jackson Animal Clinic, in Platte City, Mo. The bonus? Not only can they protect the horse's ears, they can help the horse perform m... Read More
May 01, 2008
May 01, 2008
Q: I own a Lusitano stallion that has been stabled at the same barn for four years. Within the past four to six months, he has shown increasingly aggressive displays toward two stallions that walk in front of his stall. He kicks an... Read More
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
April 10, 2008
Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.
Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More
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
April 01, 2008
I have a serious problem with my 3-year-old Warmblood filly I recently purchased. I had her extensively vette... Read More
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
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
February 17, 2008
Hope continues to spring in abundance, if perhaps not eternally, at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan that War Emblem will overcome his mysterious disdain for breeding.
With the dual American classic winner notching his first Japanese... Read More
February 15, 2008
Socialized horses are able to understand most kinds of human pointing gestures, although they respond more readily to some variations of pointing as opposed to others, according to a new study carried out by Hungarian researchers in Godollo.
I... Read More
February 02, 2008
Human interaction with foals at a critical early developmental age appears to be a stressor, whereas positive human interaction with the dam creates a strong model for the observing foal, according to a series of ongoing research projects a... Read More
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