Behavior

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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

Commentary

Studying the Obvious

August 17, 2017

Why do researchers spend time studying basic equine behavior questions when the answers seems so obvious?... Read More

Article

Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

August 11, 2017

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

Article

Aggression or Confusion?

August 03, 2017

Food-aggressive horses' "asking gestures" can escalate to a form of food-guarding behavior.... Read More

Article

Does Parade Participation Stress Horses?

July 22, 2017

On average, horses' stress levels remained within the range observed during routine work and management.... Read More

Commentary

When the Herd Moves, Who Leads and Who Follows?

July 20, 2017

Contrary to conventional wisdom, horse herds are likely egalitarian and don't have a dominant stallion and "alpha" mare.... Read More

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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

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

What is an Equine Behaviorist?

June 29, 2017

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

Commentary

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Commentary

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