Behavior

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Five Reasons Veterinarians Should Consider Behavior

October 15, 2006

Whether a horse's bizarre behavior is an indicator of a medical condition, vice versa, or he's just behaving badly, a veterinarian should consider a patient's behavior examining him, according to an article published in the September issue of th... Read More

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To Stall, or Not to Stall?

October 14, 2006

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo... Read More

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Can Horses be Despooked? Upcoming Study to Investigate Fear Response

October 05, 2006

There is a lack of knowledge about the reaction of horses when they are frightened, but scientists at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences are now attempting to do something about this. The knowledge acquired may be used to help prevent... Read More

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Rearing and Flipping

October 01, 2006

We have a Quarter Horse mare whose mother was a bad flipper in the starting gate. She has two half-brothers that were also bad in the gate. All of these offspring were trained by different individuals. This spring, she had a filly that tried to fli... Read More

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Personality in Horses

September 27, 2006

How can you predict adult temperament? There is no established battery of tests of character and temperament for horses yet. Many savvy trainers will take a horse, work with him, and get a good idea.... Read More

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Temperament and Being Alert (Book Excerpt)

September 06, 2006

Look for a horse that's alert to its surroundings and pays special attention to unusual objects. This is where the subtlety comes in. You want the horse to be observant, but you don't want it to become agitated and frightened when it sees something... Read More

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Equine Problem Behavior Research Survey Now Online

August 02, 2006

A veterinary behavior student at The University of California, Davis, Read More

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No Vertical Vision?

August 01, 2006

I follow Pat Parelli's training methodology. While doing the exercise of desensitizing my horse to a ball, I quickly realized that her focus never followed the ball over her head. If I rolled it at her feet, or played with the ball anywhere belo... Read More

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Trashing the Place

August 01, 2006

Why do some defecate onto the walls of the stall, pasting manure onto their tails, hindquarters, and all over ... Read More

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Daily Hoof Washing?

August 01, 2006

I have heard horses should get their feet washed every day, and that this is called the natural moisturizing cycle for hooves. In the horses you have observed in the wild, do they wet their feet every day? If so, please explain how they do... Read More

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Examining Equine Vocalizations

August 01, 2006

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible... Read More

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Equine Behaviorist Chris Irwin Offering Sessions at KHP

August 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) welcomes the return of equine behaviorist and trainer Chris Irwin on October 27-28. He will be offering private and semi-private sessions at the Maker’s Read More

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Equine Body Language

June 14, 2006

When handling a horse, you are better prepared for his actions and reactions if you can interpret his body language, to know whether he is at ease with what you are doing, nervous, afraid, annoyed, or resentful. Part of handling horses safely... Read More

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Can Horses Be Carnivorous? (Book Excerpt)

June 07, 2006

My horse has become carnivorous! She eats roadkill such as dead birds, and now I've discovered her stomping on a live rabbit in her stable. She picked it up in her mouth, bashed it against the stable wall, and ate it.... Read More

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Riding the Better Side of Bucking

June 07, 2006

Bucking is a misunderstood horse activity. Most people look at bucking as an ornery habit, something the horse does when he's trying to get out of work. Or when he just doesn't feel like cooperating at that moment for some reason or another.... Read More

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Horse Learning

June 01, 2006

In a web site advice column written by a veterinarian, he claimed that if a blacksmith trims or shoes a horse incorrectly so that the horse becomes lame within a couple of weeks of work, the horse will make the connection that the blacksmith was... Read More

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Rolex Talk Highlights Performance Horse Issues

May 03, 2006

The 2006 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event drew more than 90,000 equine enthusiasts to the Kentucky Horse Park, and Lexington's Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI) used the opportunity to educate horse owners on common health issues... Read More

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Temperament--Buying the Right Horse for the Trail (Book Excerpt)

May 02, 2006

If you're going to enjoy trail riding, you need a horse with a good temperament. You may have the best-conformed horse in the world, with sound limbs and body, but that will matter little if the horse is mentally and emotionally unsuited... Read More

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Superstition

May 01, 2006

I have a BS in animal science and am now taking graduate courses in animal behavior while working to save up for vet school. A topic we are discussing in class is comparative cognition in a psychology and neurobiology program. This has to do wit... Read More

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Communicating With Horses

April 12, 2006

To work with horses successfully, we must be able to communicate adequately with voice, touch, and body language. The horseman must be sensitive and sympathetic, with an intuitive feel for what is right for that particular horse at that... Read More

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Sexual Misbehavior Vaccine?

April 01, 2006

I am looking into ways to settle down a colt that is showing full-blown sexual interest already at a 1 1/2 years of age. He's just too much for us to handle, but we are not ready to geld him. If you try to correct him when he's all excited, he... Read More

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Horses and Wild Animals

March 01, 2006

Throughout their existence, horses have been prey animals. Predators have been pursuing and feasting on them for eons, and they continue doing so today, despite the fact that domestication of the horse and the spread of civilization in general... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Physical, Psychological, or Both?

February 17, 2006

When your horse's behavior changes, you wonder what caused the change--did he start kicking his stall because he is in pain, or just because he hates his new stablemate? Behavior changes can stem from physical problems, psychological ones, or a... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Equine Learning Ability

February 17, 2006

"Until recently, horses have been estimated to have average intelligence at best," said Evelyn B. Hanggi, MS, PhD, president and, along with Jerry Ingersoll, co-founder of the Equine Research Foundation (ERF) in Aptos, Calif., during her review... Read More

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Why Veterinarians Get Kicked

February 01, 2006

It comes as no surprise that a Swiss study of kick injuries to veterinarians found that the risk of injury to veterinarians treating horses is highest when performing painful procedures on the horse. In the study, Sabina Jaeggin, assistant at th... Read More