Behavior

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How Do I Get My Horse to Respect Me?

May 26, 2016

An equine behaviorist describes how you can earn your horse's respect through consistent training.... Read More

Article

What Can a Horse's Facial Whorl Tell You?

May 26, 2016

A whorl's characteristics could help predict which direction a horse will turn in response to a frightening stimulus.... Read More

Commentary

The 'Horse Waterboarding' Incident Deconstructed

May 20, 2016

An equine behaviorist weighs in on "flooding" in horse training and offers a less stressful alternative.... Read More

Article

Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More

Article

Pain, Behavioral, or Both?

May 19, 2016

Often, a horse's behavior problems are rooted in either pain or incomplete training. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 12, 2016

An equine reproductive behavior expert shares insight into how mares and herds will ward off danger to their young.... Read More

Article

Spotting the Problem Patient

May 12, 2016

The key is understanding a horse's arousal, or alertness, level.... Read More

Article

Study: Nosebands Can Cause Horses Stress

May 09, 2016

Signs of stress dissipated as soon as the crank nosebands came off, suggesting that the horses' welfare was compromised.... Read More

Commentary

Messy Gelding vs. Tidy Gelding

May 05, 2016

An equine behavior expert addresses a question about two geldings with very different poop patterns. ... Read More

Article

Gelding Behavior

May 04, 2016

My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. Could this be related to him being turned out with a mare? ... Read More

Article

Can Stalled Stallions Interact Socially?

April 29, 2016

Stallions with access to each other through stall walls interacted frequently with a "surprisingly low" injury rate.... Read More

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Infographic: Staying Sane on Stall Rest

April 29, 2016

Confinement is difficult but often necessary for healing. Learn how to keep horses healthy while on stall rest.... Read More

Article

10 Horse Behavior Resources on TheHorse.com

April 28, 2016

We've scoured our archives and gathered 10 resources you can use to decode your horses' behavior.... Read More

Article

Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which is Less Stressful?

April 28, 2016

Horses in the group housing situation had fewer stress indicators than those stalled individually, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?... Read More

Article

Adopting a Mustang: What It Takes

April 25, 2016

Considering adopting a mustang? Here's what you need to know. ... Read More

Article

Do Riders Maintain Consistent Rein Pressure?

April 23, 2016

A rider's rein tension can vary within the same stride, which could have equine welfare repercussions, researchers said.... Read More

Article

Study: Low-Ranking Horses Harbor More Parasites

April 22, 2016

Researchers found a distinct link between dominance rank and parasite load in horses that had never been dewormed.... Read More

Article

Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More

Commentary

How Can I Tell if My Horse is in Pain?

April 20, 2016

A veterinarian and an equine behaviorist describes behavioral signs of pain in horses.... Read More

Article

Scent's Influence on Breeding Stallions

April 15, 2016

Study stallions bred quickest if they had the scent of urine from mares in heat on their nostrils.... Read More

Commentary

Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

April 14, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

Article

Study: Depressed Horses Show Lack of Attention

April 14, 2016

These horses tend to overreact to challenging situations, potentially making them dangerous for novice handlers.... Read More

Commentary

How Can I Tell if My Horse is Stressed?

April 07, 2016

Learn about what causes stress for horses, how they respond to stressful situations, and what we can do about it.... Read More

Commentary

Can My Horse Read My Thoughts?

March 31, 2016

A certified equine behavior consultant addresses the seemingly telepathic relationship some of us have with our horses.... Read More