Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Contempt for Cats

November 18, 2014

How do you correct a misbehaving horse that hates cats?... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Riding School Horse Health

November 18, 2014

Lack of pasture time and advancing age were the prime culprits behind lesson horse health problems.... Read More

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Getting Equitation Science Research Into the Real World

November 14, 2014

As knowledge in this field advances, researchers hope to share findings with horse owners via veterinarians.... Read More

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What Can I Do About My Horses Rushing the Gate?

November 13, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian offers tips on handling horses that crowd and rush the gate at mealtime.... Read More

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Do Horses Prefer Patting or Scratching?

November 12, 2014

Recent study results lead researchers to believe a pat wins over a scratch as a more effective reward.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Equine Stress Levels at Competitions

November 09, 2014

Cortisol levels were higher during a competition than at home, and they continued rising throughout the event.... Read More

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What's the Difference between a Vice and a Stereotypy?

November 07, 2014

Dr. Nancy Diehl considers the use of "vice" and "stereotypies" when referring to horse behavior.... Read More

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Kansas State to Host Equine Clinic on Nov. 8

November 03, 2014

Presentation topics will include senior horse dental problems, feeding horses, behavior, farriery, and more.... Read More

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Foals Follow Dams' Leads When Dealing With Scary Objects

November 01, 2014

Researchers found that foals that watched their dams calmly handle scary objects ended up being less fearful themselves.... Read More

Commentary

Why Does a Horse Shake His Head?

October 30, 2014

What causes horses to shake their heads, and how can this issue be resolved?... Read More

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Do Horses Need Man-Made Shelters?

October 23, 2014

When given the option, horses often use behavioral thermoregulation to protect themselves from inclement weather.... Read More

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How to Introduce Horses

October 17, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian shares recommendations for introducing horses that will live together.... Read More

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Study: Horses can Communicate Blanketing Preferences

October 17, 2014

Researchers taught horses to request a blanket be put on, a rug be taken off, or no change using different symbols.... Read More

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Do Professionals Judge Horse Behavior Like Scientists?

October 16, 2014

Researchers found that equestrian professionals appear to disagree with scientists on horses' head and neck positions.... Read More

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Study: Cortisol and Noncribbing Cribbers

October 14, 2014

When cribbers did not crib, their salivary cortisol levels were up to 38% higher than those of noncribbers.... Read More

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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Why Equitation Scientists Love Dressage Star Valegro

October 13, 2014

The British Grand Prix horse has become equitation science's sweetheart. Find out why.... Read More

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Safe Horse Handling for Vet Techs

October 13, 2014

Here's what to remember when handling horses for procedures to keep the veterinarian, the patient, and yourself safe.... Read More

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Strengths and Limitations of Equine Stress Measurements

October 11, 2014

Measuring equine stress isn't as easy as it might sound, one researcher said. Here's a review of the current techniques.... Read More

Commentary

Teaching a Horse to Have a Blanket Put Over His Head

October 09, 2014

How can I teach my horse to let me put her blanket on over her head so I don't have to unbuckle it each time?... Read More

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When to Leave the Boarding Barn

October 09, 2014

Deciding when to move your horse is a subjective decision, but here are a few factors that could influence your choice.... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Risk Factors Identified

October 07, 2014

As horses' pasture time increased, colic risk decreased; however, stereotypies appeared to increase repeat colic risk.... Read More

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Embedding Equitation Science in Vet Student Cirriculum

September 28, 2014

One university integrated equitation science into their program to teach behavior and learning theory.... Read More

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Five Equitation Science Resources on TheHorse.com

September 25, 2014

Equitation science is a field of study that looks at equine behavior and welfare, and how horses and humans interact.... Read More

Commentary

Is It Okay for My Horse to Live by Himself?

September 25, 2014

Vet and equine behavior expert Dr. Nancy Diehl shares the reasons horses live best in groups. ... Read More

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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Do Horses Actually Enjoy Pats after a Winning Ride?

September 23, 2014

Our equitation science reporter shares why she doesn't pat her horse for a job well done. ... Read More