Behavior

Commentary

Teaching a Horse to Stand Still at the Mounting Block

October 15, 2015

How can I encourage my horse to stand still during mounting?... Read More

Article

A Look at Therapeutic Riding Horses' Stress Behaviors

October 15, 2015

Stress can impair a horse's performance, diminish the benefits of therapy, and create safety risks to vulnerable riders.... Read More

Article

Training a Zorse: A Learning Theory Exercise

October 11, 2015

A trainer shares how he used learning theory principles to train a half-zebra with "complicated instinctive behavior."... Read More

Commentary

Help for a Girthy Horse

October 08, 2015

Do you have a cinchy horse? Follow this step-by-step advice to modify his behavior. ... Read More

Article

How Does Nose Twitching Affect a Horse?

October 02, 2015

Researchers concluded that nose twitches, when properly applied, are a humane restraint for short usage situations.... Read More

Commentary

Why Does My Horse Yawn During Bridling?

October 01, 2015

What happens before bridling might hold a clue as to why this horse yawns when facing his bridle.... Read More

Article

Is Your Equine Athlete Happy?

October 01, 2015

Scientists are on the hunt for reliable objective measures of positive emotions in horses being ridden and trained.... Read More

Article

10 Learning Theory-Based Horse Training Principles

September 28, 2015

These principles can help riders maintain equine welfare, improve safety, and allow horses to perform at their best.... Read More

Commentary

Learned Helplessness in Horses

September 24, 2015

When a person lays a horse down to show its submission, the animal might actually be using its last line of defense. ... Read More

Commentary

Why Might a Young Horse Grind His Teeth Under Stress?

September 17, 2015

An equine behavior researcher addresses potential reasons a 3-year-old is grinding his teeth during training. ... Read More

Commentary

A Mare's Complicated Trick or Something Else?

September 10, 2015

A reader wonders why her mare turns her head, grits her teeth, and sticks out her tongue. ... Read More

Article

Study Examines Method to Reduce Pawing Frequency

September 04, 2015

It's all about teaching him that if he does something else--even standing still--he'll get a reward, researchers say.... Read More

Commentary

Tail Blocking's Effects on Horse Communication

September 03, 2015

If a horse's tail has been nerved, is he at a social disadvantage when turned out with others? ... Read More

Article

Is That Horse Happy or Sad? His Whinny Will Tell

September 03, 2015

Researchers say it appears horses can transmit their emotions through their whinnies.... Read More

Infographic

Infographic: Signs of Stress in Horses

August 31, 2015

Learn about the common signs your horse might show when under stress and ways to mitigate the possible causes.... Read More

Commentary

An Old Horse Starts Cribbing

August 27, 2015

My 17-year-old horse started trying to crib recently, which I have never seen him do before. Why would he start now? ... Read More

Article

Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

August 27, 2015

Cribbers allowed to crib during training had reduced stress levels than when they're not allowed to, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Are Fat Horses More Dominant Than Lean Ones?

August 22, 2015

Researchers found that dominant horses seem to be have higher body condition scores than their less-dominant herdmates.... Read More

Commentary

A Spooky Senior Horse

August 20, 2015

An equine behavior expert weighs in on how one reader can help her senior OTTB be less spooky at home. ... Read More

Commentary

Common OTTB Behavior Traits

August 13, 2015

I'm considering purchasing an ex-racehorse. Are there any common behavior problems in OTTBs that I should be aware of? ... Read More

Article

Sugar and Hyper Horses

August 12, 2015

Can consuming a high-sugar diet cause a horse to behave in an anxious or hyperactive way?... Read More

Article

Researchers Study Horses' Facial Expressions

August 11, 2015

Horses are capable of a wide range of facial expressions that aren't so different from those of humans and chimpanzees.... Read More

Article

Frightening Stimuli: Does Distance or Direction Matter?

August 08, 2015

It doesn't matter where a scary object comes from--if it's going to scare the horse, it's going to scare the horse.... Read More

Commentary

Problems in Passing Other Horses in the Arena

August 06, 2015

What can I do to help my horse get over his fear of other horses coming toward him or passing him in the arena? ... Read More

Article

Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

July 22, 2015

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know.... Read More