Behavior

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Infographic: Signs of Stress in Horses

August 31, 2015

Learn about the common signs your horse might show when under stress and ways to mitigate the possible causes.... Read More

Commentary

An Old Horse Starts Cribbing

August 27, 2015

My 17-year-old horse started trying to crib recently, which I have never seen him do before. Why would he start now? ... Read More

Article

Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

August 27, 2015

Cribbers allowed to crib during training had reduced stress levels than when they're not allowed to, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Are Fat Horses More Dominant Than Lean Ones?

August 22, 2015

Researchers found that dominant horses seem to be have higher body condition scores than their less-dominant herdmates.... Read More

Commentary

A Spooky Senior Horse

August 20, 2015

An equine behavior expert weighs in on how one reader can help her senior OTTB be less spooky at home. ... Read More

Commentary

Common OTTB Behavior Traits

August 13, 2015

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

Article

Sugar and Hyper Horses

August 12, 2015

Can consuming a high-sugar diet cause a horse to behave in an anxious or hyperactive way?... Read More

Article

Researchers Study Horses' Facial Expressions

August 11, 2015

Horses are capable of a wide range of facial expressions that aren't so different from those of humans and chimpanzees.... Read More

Article

Frightening Stimuli: Does Distance or Direction Matter?

August 08, 2015

It doesn't matter where a scary object comes from--if it's going to scare the horse, it's going to scare the horse.... Read More

Commentary

Problems in Passing Other Horses in the Arena

August 06, 2015

What can I do to help my horse get over his fear of other horses coming toward him or passing him in the arena? ... Read More

Article

Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

July 22, 2015

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know.... Read More

Article

ISES Plenary to Focus on Human Behavior and Show Horses

July 18, 2015

The annual equitation science conference will take place Aug. 5-8 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.... Read More

Article

Who's the Herd Leader? It Depends, Researchers Say

July 16, 2015

Researchers determined that the dominant horse is rarely the one who takes the first steps to get the herd moving.... Read More

Article

Your Horse Ate What?

July 12, 2015

Readers share some of the strange things that their horse have consumed.... Read More

Article

Swiss Researcher Shares Equine Welfare Innovations

July 09, 2015

These new devices meet the demands for optimum animal welfare while keeping human management capacities in mind.... Read More

Article

Researchers Study Horses' Fearfulness and Learning Ability

July 04, 2015

While fearfulness might seem like a negative trait, it can be quite beneficial in some scenarios, scientists found.... Read More

Commentary

Why Do Horses Roll After Baths?

July 03, 2015

An equine behavior expert considers the reasons why horses might roll after baths.... Read More

Article

Can We Determine Foals' Learning Abilities?

July 03, 2015

Researchers tried several methods by which to measure foals' learning abilities with mixed results.... Read More

Article

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 Do 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

Blog

A Staple to the Forehead Never Hurt (and Maybe Helps)

June 10, 2015

Just when I thought I'd seen it all, an equine acupuncturist wowed me with this calming technique for my mare.... Read More