Behavior

Commentary

Holiday Gifts Your Horse Will Love

November 30, 2016

Not sure what to get your horse? Consider an enrichment toy or activity!... Read More

Article

Are Appeasing Pheromones Effective in Horses?

November 30, 2016

How effective are appeasing pheromones for reducing nervousness or anxiety in horses? ... Read More

Article

Is There Such Thing as a Highly Sensitive Horse?

November 23, 2016

Is it possible that some horses, like people, are born with a highly sensitive nervous system?... Read More

Commentary

Tips for Feeding Horses in a Group

November 14, 2016

Does your herd leader get too much to eat while the low man doesn't get enough? Here's our expert's advice.... Read More

Commentary

Do Horses Feel Empathy?

November 10, 2016

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Here's what we know about horses and empathy.... Read More

Article

Study: Stable Studs Strategically for Better Sperm Quality

November 10, 2016

Researchers say studs have better-quality semen when housed next to other stallions before being stabled next to a mare.... Read More

Article

Does Electric Fencing Stress Horses?

November 04, 2016

Electric fencing might not cause horses extra stress, but most stay farther away from an electric fence than a wood one.... Read More

Article

What's in a Horse's Yawn?

November 03, 2016

Researchers found that yawning appears to be closely associated with social interactions and, possibly, social stress.... Read More

Commentary

Behavior Contest Winner: An Obsessive Licker

November 02, 2016

Our "Why Does My Horse Do That?" winner wants to know why her mare's buddy licks the mare after meals.... Read More

Chantel Hooks' horse found this pumpkin decoration particularly spooky.

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Your Horse Spooked at What?

October 31, 2016

What spooks your horse? Here are some horses' scariest encounters, as told by our readers. ... Read More

Article

Safe Horse Handling for Vet Techs

October 23, 2016

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

Article

Unbridled Discomfort

October 12, 2016

My horse is "reverse bridle shy." What can I do to help this habit?... Read More

Article

Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable.... Read More

Article

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

October 11, 2016

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

Commentary

Horse Sellers' Disclosure Obligation

October 06, 2016

What behavioral or health information do you need to share when selling a horse?... Read More

Article

The Science Behind 'Licking and Chewing' in Horses

October 05, 2016

What does "licking and chewing" really mean? ... Read More

Article

Enter TheHorse.com's "Why Does My Horse Do That?" Contest

October 02, 2016

A video of your horse's behavior could win an evaluation by Dr. Sue McDonnell and a prize pack from Zylkene Equine.... Read More

Article

All Wound Up: Is Your Horse 'Stressed Out'?

October 02, 2016

Physiological stress can be an important equine welfare issue. Here's what you should know.... Read More

Commentary

Spontaneous Rearing and Food Aggression in Horses

September 22, 2016

One mare's rearing habit around her owner might be play initiation. ... Read More

Article

Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

September 15, 2016

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability.... Read More

Article

Poll Recap: Horses Learning From Each Other

September 13, 2016

The majority of respondents said they've used more experienced horses to help inexperienced ones through new situations.... Read More

Article

Castration: A Crucial Part of Responsible Ownership

September 13, 2016

Being a responsible horse owner involves deciding if and when castration is appropriate. ... Read More

Audio

Dr. Sue McDonnell's Help for a Buddy-Sour Horse

September 08, 2016

My gelding has separation anxiety when away from his pasture buddy. How can I address this issue?... Read More

Audio

Do Nervous Mares Have Nervous Foals?

September 07, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell shares research-based insight into how a mare's temperament might influence her foal.... Read More

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Needle-Shy Horse Advice

September 06, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell offers step-by-step advice for helping a horse who's afraid of getting shots from the vet.... Read More