Behavior

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Researchers Compare Different Types of Horses' Temperaments

June 29, 2015

Factors such as age, breed, discipline, and more can impact a horse's temperament, scientists found.... Read More

Article

A Look at Switzerland's Equine Protection Laws

June 28, 2015

Switzerland is a leader in animal rights legislation, and the impact on horse management is significant.... Read More

Commentary

What is a Flehmen Response?

June 25, 2015

Discover why your horse is curling his upper lip.... Read More

Article

Researchers Examine Horses' Social Statuses

June 24, 2015

Dominant horses are typically older, larger, and less fearful than other horses in a herd, researchers found.... Read More

Commentary

Are Stall Toys Good for Horses?

June 18, 2015

A horse behavior expert weighs in on whether she believes horses benefit from toys.... Read More

Commentary

How Can I Train My Horse to Accept Fly Spray?

June 11, 2015

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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Study: Enrichment can Improve Hospitalized Horses' Welfare

June 09, 2015

"Enriched" clinics could help improve equine welfare, leading to quicker healing times and safer environments for staff.... Read More

Commentary

Common Human-Equine Interaction Misconceptions

June 04, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares her views on things that can cause horse-human communication to go awry.... Read More

Article

Some Stallion Voices More Attractive to Mares Than Others

June 04, 2015

Stallions with low-pitched whinnies were more fertile and more attractive to mares than those with high-pitched voices.... Read More

Commentary

Why Does a Horse Bite?

May 28, 2015

Researchers have developed a list of reasons a horse might bite. Learn the causes and how to train a horse not to nip.... Read More

Article

Conference to Explore 'Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges'

May 28, 2015

The 2015 International Equitation Science Conference will focus on promoting ethical equitation for all disciplines.... Read More

Article

Study: Dams Shape Foals' Relationships With Humans

May 28, 2015

A good relationship with the dam is an easy way to promote positive interactions between foals and humans.... Read More

Article

Weaving: Are Mirrors the Answer?

May 25, 2015

Are stall mirrors recommended for horses that weave, and where could I find one that is safe and economical? ... Read More

Commentary

How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 21, 2015

An equine reproductive behavior expert shares insight into how mares and herds will ward off danger to their young.... Read More

Article

Death of a Herdmate

May 19, 2015

Can the death of one horse lead to a complete change in another's behavior or "personality"?... Read More

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Researchers Debut Simplified Equine Temperament Test

May 16, 2015

They also identified a significant correlation between certain temperament parameters and jumping performance.... Read More

Commentary

Help, My Horse Won't Get Out of the Trailer!

May 14, 2015

A Facebook fan asks for help with his horse, who's become a reluctant unloader. ... Read More

Article

How Researchers Judge Horses' Temperaments

May 11, 2015

Learn about the "Complete Temperament Test," which is designed to measure five dimensions of equine personality.... Read More

Article

Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

May 08, 2015

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science.... Read More

Article

Study: Magnesium Could Have Calming Effects

May 08, 2015

A recent study showed that magnesium supplementation can significantly slow horses' reaction speed responses.... Read More

Commentary

Do Horses Recognize Humans?

May 07, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares research results that indicate whether or not horses recognize their people.... Read More

Article

The Equine DNA Roadmap

May 05, 2015

Find out what the equine genome can tell us about our horses and preventing genetic disease.... Read More

Article

Hearing Loss in Foals

May 03, 2015

Many conditions common to foals can contribute to or cause auditory dysfunction. Here's what to watch for.... Read More

Commentary

Why are Two Siblings Out of the Same Mare so Different?

April 30, 2015

An equine behavior expert addresses contradictory characteristics between foals out of one mare born different years.... Read More

Commentary

Does My Mare Think a Miniature Horse is Her Baby?

April 23, 2015

In response to a reader question Dr. Nancy Diehl shares insight on equine maternal instincts, foal stealing, and more.... Read More