Behavior

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Common OTTB Behavior Traits

November 23, 2017

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

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The Signs of Good Nutrition in Horses

November 20, 2017

Besides body condition scoring, how can you tell if your horse is getting enough nutrition? Dr. Clair Thunes explains.... Read More

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From the Ground Up

November 16, 2017

Safe and smart groundwork can help build the foundation for a confident, well-behaved horse.... Read More

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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

November 15, 2017

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.... Read More

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Food Enrichment Activities for Donkeys

November 05, 2017

Is your donkey bored? Here are suggestions for adding entertaining food to your donkey's environment.... Read More

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Horses, Humans, and Trust

November 02, 2017

Do horses experience trust the same way humans do? ... Read More

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Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

November 02, 2017

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations.... Read More

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Moody Horses

October 26, 2017

Does it sometimes seem like your horse is having a bad day? Here are the possible reasons behind equine mood swings.... Read More

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Behavior Disclosures When Selling a Horse

October 23, 2017

When do you need to tell a buyer about a horse's past negative behaviors? Find out from attorney Rachel Kosmal McCart.... Read More

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Therapeutic Riding Horses Don't Experience Undue Stress

October 22, 2017

Researchers confirmed that therapeutic riding horses exhibited low physiological and behavioral stress responses.... Read More

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What's New With Weaning?

October 13, 2017

Improve your foal's weaning experience with these research-based recommendations. ... Read More

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

October 12, 2017

Our equine behavior expert offers advice for applying learning theory and treat-training under saddle.... Read More

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Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

October 12, 2017

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare.... Read More

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Lollying Around: Why Does My Horse Play With His Tongue?

October 05, 2017

What could be the cause behind this young horse's strange tongue lollying at feeding time? Dr. Sue McDonnell answers.... Read More

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Stressed in the Stall

September 28, 2017

My horse recently started pacing and digging holes in his stall. What could be causing this behavior?... Read More

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Registration for Online Horse Behavior, Safety Course Open

September 23, 2017

Members of Saddle Up Safely's partner organizations can receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.... Read More

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Schoolmasters as School Horses

September 21, 2017

Do retired, well-schooled horses really make good beginners' horses? ... Read More

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How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

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Are Horses Self-Aware?

September 14, 2017

Italian researchers used the mirror self-recognition test on horses. Here's a look at the results.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.

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Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More

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Toning Down Playtime

September 08, 2017

How can I make my horse a less attractive target for his pasturemate, who likes to tug at halters and fly masks?... Read More

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Managing the Anxious Horse

September 03, 2017

Find out how to keep you, your prone-to-worry horse, and those around him safe.... Read More

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Can a Horse's Leg 'Fall Asleep'?

August 31, 2017

What might cause a horse to scratch or drag a leg while he's lying down? ... Read More

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Dominance in Human-Horse Relationships

August 24, 2017

Our equine behavior expert examines if dominance has a role in human-horse interactions, especially during training.... Read More

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Short-, Long-Term Effects of Vibrating Platforms Studied

August 23, 2017

There were no musculoskeletal differences between treatment and control horses, but there were behavioral differences.... Read More