Behavior

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Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

July 20, 2017

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors.... Read More

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How Horses Learn

July 13, 2017

Learning theory describes how we can influence horse behavior and improve training outcomes. ... 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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10 Horsemanship Science Resources on TheHorse.com

July 13, 2017

Learn about horsemanship and how to incorporate learning theory in your own horse training.... Read More

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How to Handle Wild Animal Encounters With Your Horse

July 06, 2017

Before you hit the trail, make sure both you and your horse are prepared for any wildlife encounters that might occur.... Read More

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How to Keep Your Horse Safe During the 4th of July

July 03, 2017

A veterinarian offers tips to keep your horse calm despite the noise and sight of festive fireworks.... Read More

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Adding Fuel to the Fire: How Diet Affects Horse Behavior

June 30, 2017

Find out how you can influence your horse's behavior through feed management and ingredients. ... Read More

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Mountain Bikes on the Trail? No Problem for Prepared Horses

June 29, 2017

Introduce horses systematically to bikes, hikers, backpackers, strollers, and ATVs to reduce spooking on the trail. ... Read More

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What is an Equine Behaviorist?

June 29, 2017

Equine behaviorists apply a scientific lens and an analytic approach to solving behavior problems.... Read More

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How Do I Train My Horse to Accept Fly Spray?

June 26, 2017

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares her thoughts on using clicker training to help a horse get used to having fly spray applied.... Read More

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Not So Frightening Fireworks

June 25, 2017

Our senior horses never appear any worse for wear when the skies light up with color.... Read More

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Tips for Keeping Horses Safe During July 4th Festivities

June 23, 2017

TheHorse.com readers and staff share their tips for preparing and keeping horses safe during 4th of July festivities. ... Read More

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Researchers Study Muzzled Horse Behavior

June 22, 2017

Although horses spent more time walking when muzzled, they also more than doubled the time they spent standing.... Read More

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Addressing Unwanted Behavior in Performance Mares

June 16, 2017

Unwanted behavior can have a significant impact on mares' and fillies' performance across a range of competition events.... Read More

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Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

June 15, 2017

Here are some common dental issues to watch for and how they can be corrected. ... Read More

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It's All in the Genes: Horse Traits and Heritability

June 13, 2017

Scientists are continuing to uncover which genes are responsible for certain traits in horses.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horses and Water Crossings

June 06, 2017

Of the 820 respondents, 396 (48%) said they are confident that their horses would cross water. ... Read More

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The Clinical Signs of Equine Colic

June 05, 2017

Learn to identify these common and important signs of colic in horses--doing so might save your horse's life.... Read More

"Knight Heir is an 18-year-old Saddlebred gelding, who, 13 years after we met, is still afraid of his own shadow," said Sarah Erush. "He's not afraid of any kind of vehicle, traffic, power tools, large machinery, or any kind of human hustle and bustle, unlike many spooky horses. However, nature absolutely sets him over the edge. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, deer, wind in the trees, rain, sleet or snow in his face, spooky sounds at night, or frankly, the complete unknown."

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Don't Spook! Contest: Editors' Picks

June 03, 2017

Readers submitted photos and stories of different things that spook their horses. ... Read More

Fans selected this photo, submitted by Sarah Borns, as our Don't Spook! photo contest winner.

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TheHorse.com Announces Don't Spook! Contest Winner

June 02, 2017

TheHorse.com Facebook fans selected Sarah Borns' photo as the overall winner of the Don't Spook! contest.... Read More

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Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

June 02, 2017

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem.... Read More

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Equitation Science Society Position on Training Techniques

May 26, 2017

The International Equine Science Society released a statement on techniques that could compromise horse welfare.... Read More

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Study Confirms Kicks From Shod Horses Can Damage Bone

May 17, 2017

Metal shoes have a greater risk of damaging bone during a kick than polyurethane shoes or barefoot feet.... Read More

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Making the Best of Stall Rest

May 08, 2017

Four weeks of mandatory stall rest can be tough for any horse, much less an energetic one. Here's how Happy coped. ... Read More

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Harmonious Housing Practices for Horses

May 05, 2017

By paying attention to horse herd hierarchy, you can help ensure harmony in the barn and beyond.... Read More

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Why is This Horse Rearing?

May 05, 2017

A behaviorist offers feedback about a Facebook fan's video of a rearing horse. Her take? Aggressive rearing is unsafe.... Read More