Hoofing It with John Henry

August 11, 2007

If you've visited the Kentucky Horse Park sometime in the past few months, you might have noticed a small, dark brown gelding, utterly unremarkable apart from his obvious age, walking with purpose with bright eyes and pricked ears among the sleek... Read More


Training Your Horse for Procedures--And Everything Else

July 21, 2007

"It is our responsibility to have the horse so well trained that we can do whatever we need to do without a problem," he stated. "Our horse does not have the right to hurt anyone. It's not because the vet smells funny that a horse hurts him... Read More


Fireworks and Horses: Preparing for the Big Boom

June 30, 2007

Learn how to help prepare your horses for the inevitable flashes of light and deafening noise of fireworks.... Read More


Gender Issues: Training Stallions

June 29, 2007

By Ron Meredith, President, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre

Some people make a big deal out of a horse's gender and say people should handle horses of different sexes different ways. We work with every horse, regardless o... Read More


Gender Issues: Training Geldings

June 02, 2007

By Ron Meredith
President, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre

Years ago, I had a client with a 2-year-old Arabian colt that she wanted to keep as a breeding stallion. The colt was argumentative and constantly... Read More


Calculating the Equine Attention Span

April 28, 2007

Using operant conditioning, scientists have quantified horses' attention spans, and they have drawn some conclusions that could help horse trainers and owners better understand their charges and how they learn.

The researchers at... Read More


Let Nature Work it Out (Shy Stud Colt)

April 01, 2007

I desperately need some advice about my new colt. He is a 2½-year-old Gypsy Cob named Geordie. He was raised in a herd, then separated as a yearling colt, and ran with a colt herd until I imported him to Australia. He is naturally gentle and not... Read More


Herd Instincts: Sparring

March 26, 2007

My horse was seen biting another horse in the throat. They were up on their hind legs supposedly playing when all of a sudden my horse made a very unusual move, according to the witness, and bit the other horse in the throat. The other horse ran an... Read More


Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More


Orphans and Families

January 26, 2007

I wanted to share with you a horse behavior experience that I had after I lost my best broodmare. "Janet" died overnight on May 30, 2006, at age 22. She looked remarkably great for her age, so we were breeding her back to our stallion. She was... Read More


What's Wrong? (Understanding Horses)

January 01, 2007

How do you tell if a horse has a physical, behavioral, or a training problem? Once you rule out a physical condition, are the other two options that different from one another?

Andy Anderson, DVM, grew up training, riding, and showing... Read More


Take Time to Analyze Bad Bit Manners

December 24, 2006

The average horse weighs at least five or six times the average human adult. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict who's going to win if they get into a pulling contest.

Humans who find themselves in pulling matches with... Read More


Stallion-like Behaviors

December 01, 2006

I castrated my gelding at 17 months (November 2005). A veterinarian with 35 years of experience showed me the epididymides. My mare had her first heat cycle in March (2006). He mounted and bred her as if he was a stallion. Every time she is in heat... Read More


Michigan State Offering Online Horse Behavior and Welfare Course

November 16, 2006

Every horse owner has at some time wished that his or her steed could suddenly turn into Mr. Ed and talk about its likes, dislikes, pains, and fears. Because that's not likely to happen, a new online educational program is available to help hors... Read More


Gelding Herding Mares

November 01, 2006

Is it possible to change a horse's aggressive behavior? Specifically, I am wondering if there is any information relating to reinforcement contingencies and transfer of learning from a "human-handled" situation to a free-running setting?

The... Read More


New Evidence of Early Horse Domestication

October 24, 2006

Soil from a site in Kazakhstan has yielded new evidence for domesticated horses up to 5,600 years ago.... Read More


Five Reasons Veterinarians Should Consider Behavior

October 15, 2006

Whether a horse's bizarre behavior is an indicator of a medical condition, vice versa, or he's just behaving badly, a veterinarian should consider a patient's behavior examining him, according to an article published in the September issue of th... Read More


To Stall, or Not to Stall?

October 14, 2006

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo... Read More


Can Horses be Despooked? Upcoming Study to Investigate Fear Response

October 05, 2006

There is a lack of knowledge about the reaction of horses when they are frightened, but scientists at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences are now attempting to do something about this. The knowledge acquired may be used to help prevent... Read More


Rearing and Flipping

October 01, 2006

We have a Quarter Horse mare whose mother was a bad flipper in the starting gate. She has two half-brothers that were also bad in the gate. All of these offspring were trained by different individuals. This spring, she had a filly that tried to fli... Read More


Personality in Horses

September 27, 2006

How can you predict adult temperament? There is no established battery of tests of character and temperament for horses yet. Many savvy trainers will take a horse, work with him, and get a good idea.... Read More


Temperament and Being Alert (Book Excerpt)

September 06, 2006

Look for a horse that's alert to its surroundings and pays special attention to unusual objects. This is where the subtlety comes in. You want the horse to be observant, but you don't want it to become agitated and frightened when it sees something... Read More


Equine Problem Behavior Research Survey Now Online

August 02, 2006

A veterinary behavior student at The University of California, Davis, Read More


Equine Behaviorist Chris Irwin Offering Sessions at KHP

August 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) welcomes the return of equine behaviorist and trainer Chris Irwin on October 27-28. He will be offering private and semi-private sessions at the Maker’s Read More


No Vertical Vision?

August 01, 2006

I follow Pat Parelli's training methodology. While doing the exercise of desensitizing my horse to a ball, I quickly realized that her focus never followed the ball over her head. If I rolled it at her feet, or played with the ball anywhere belo... Read More