Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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How to Introduce Horses

October 17, 2014

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

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Study: Horses can Communicate Blanketing Preferences

October 17, 2014

Researchers taught horses to request a blanket be put on, a rug be taken off, or no change using different symbols.... Read More

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Do Professionals Judge Horse Behavior Like Scientists?

October 16, 2014

Researchers found that equestrian professionals appear to disagree with scientists on horses' head and neck positions.... Read More

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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Why Equitation Scientists Love Dressage Star Valegro

October 13, 2014

The British Grand Prix horse has become equitation science's sweetheart. Find out why.... Read More

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Safe Horse Handling for Vet Techs

October 13, 2014

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

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Study: Cortisol and Noncribbing Cribbers

October 13, 2014

When cribbers did not crib, their salivary cortisol levels were up to 38% higher than those of noncribbers.... Read More

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Strengths and Limitations of Equine Stress Measurements

October 11, 2014

Measuring equine stress isn't as easy as it might sound, one researcher said. Here's a review of the current techniques.... Read More

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Teaching a Horse to Have a Blanket Put Over His Head

October 09, 2014

How can I teach my horse to let me put her blanket on over her head so I don’t have to unbuckle it each time?... Read More

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When to Leave the Boarding Barn

October 09, 2014

Deciding when to move your horse is a subjective decision, but here are a few factors that could influence your choice.... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Risk Factors Identified

October 07, 2014

As horses' pasture time increased, colic risk decreased; however, stereotypies appeared to increase repeat colic risk.... Read More

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Embedding Equitation Science in Vet Student Cirriculum

September 28, 2014

One university integrated equitation science into their program to teach behavior and learning theory.... Read More

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Five Equitation Science Resources on TheHorse.com

September 25, 2014

Equitation science is a field of study that looks at equine behavior and welfare, and how horses and humans interact.... Read More

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Is It Okay for My Horse to Live by Himself?

September 25, 2014

Vet and equine behavior expert Dr. Nancy Diehl shares the reasons horses live best in groups. ... Read More

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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Do Horses Actually Enjoy Pats after a Winning Ride?

September 23, 2014

Our equitation science reporter shares why she doesn't pat her horse for a job well done. ... Read More

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Situational Queen Bee

September 22, 2014

Find out why a mare might be guarding her caretakers during feeding.... Read More

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Consensus on Equitation Science Research

September 21, 2014

Equitation science's aim is to provide evidence that can improve horse training, performance, and welfare.... Read More

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Weaning Ways

September 18, 2014

Here's how to help your weanling transition to adulthood as smoothly as possible.... Read More

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What Should I Do if My Horse Panics at the Electric Fence?

September 18, 2014

A veterinarian and horse behavior expert addresses a senior horse's bad experience with an electric fence.... Read More

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Positively Playful

September 16, 2014

My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?... Read More

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Why Does a Horse Buck?

September 11, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explores the reasons why a horse might buck.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Your Veterinarian's Horsemanship Skills

September 09, 2014

Of the 675 respondents, 519 (77%) said their veterinarian's strongest horse handling skill is being patient and calm.... Read More

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How Can I Tell if My Horse is Stressed?

September 04, 2014

Our expert shares her thoughts on what causes stress for horses and how they respond to stressful situations.... Read More

Full-scale jumps give visitors the chance to experience the true size of a Grand Prix obstacle.

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Interactive WEG Booth Offers a Look into the Horse's World

September 04, 2014

A French equine behavior researcher aims to educate people about horses and how they experience their surroundings.... Read More

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Why Does a Horse Lie Down?

August 28, 2014

Learn about equine sleep patterns and how to tell if the amount of time your horse spends lying down is normal.... Read More

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Saddle Up Safely Releases Booklets on Safe Equine Travel

August 25, 2014

"Trailering Your Horse Safely" and "Travel to a New Environment" cover topics from choosing a trailer to horse behavior.... Read More