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Managing the Fearful and Anxious Horse

August 25, 2016

Do you feel unsafe with your horse when you're on the ground or riding? Our behavior and vet experts are here to help!... Read More

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10 Anxious Horse Resources on TheHorse.com

August 25, 2016

Get tips on steps you can take to help soothe your horse's nerves and create a safer environment for everyone involved.... Read More

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Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

August 23, 2016

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn.... Read More

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Can We Objectively Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels?

August 18, 2016

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity.... Read More

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Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

August 11, 2016

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

August 08, 2016

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training.... Read More

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Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... 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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Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

August 04, 2016

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do.... Read More

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How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

August 03, 2016

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found.... Read More

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Are Equine Personality Traits Heritable?

August 02, 2016

Researchers studied personality trends in draft horses, Warmbloods, and draft-Warmblood-crosses to find out.... Read More

Bedding serves two functions: It creates a soft place for horses to lie down and rest. Additionally, it absorbs urine and helps control odor. Bedding options vary by region and can have an impact on your horse’s health.

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Does Exercise Impact Horses' Nighttime Resting Behavior?

July 28, 2016

Horses spent less time resting at night during weeks they worked than they did during weeks they didn't, scientists say.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Trailer Loading Competency

July 26, 2016

Of the 901 respondents, 703 (78%) said they are confident their horse would load in a trailer on the first try. ... Read More

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Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

July 24, 2016

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

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Common Senior Horse Behavior Problems

July 21, 2016

What is the most common behavior problem or case you see in aging horses?... Read More

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How Behaviorists Help Vets Diagnose Horse Health Problems

July 20, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell explains how behaviorists and vets can work together to identify horses' pain and disease.... Read More

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How to Handle Wild Animal Encounters with Your Horse

July 18, 2016

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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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

July 14, 2016

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

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How Equine Memory Systems Work

July 14, 2016

Which memory system a horse uses each time he learns a task depends on a variety of factors. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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British Researchers Seeking to Improve Horse Welfare

July 12, 2016

Welfare issues include stress/pain behavior; inappropriate nutrition, stabling, and turnout; and delayed death.... Read More

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Behaviorist: Train According to Horses' Ethology, Cognition

July 08, 2016

Consider horses' unique abilities and needs to carry out welfare-friendly, efficient training, one researcher says.... Read More

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Understanding Herd Dynamics

July 03, 2016

What are your horses' pasture behaviors telling you and what can you do to help groups live together harmoniously? ... Read More

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Study: Stress Impairs Horses' Learning Abilities

June 30, 2016

French researchers found that the degree of that impairment depends on training method and the individual horse.... Read More

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

June 29, 2016

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

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Fear in Horses

June 27, 2016

Learn about what horses experience when they feel afraid and how to manage their fear reactions.... Read More

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How to Introduce Horses

June 23, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian shares recommendations for introducing horses that will live together.... Read More