Behavior

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

December 14, 2017

What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?... Read More

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Cold Weather and Fresh Horses

December 07, 2017

Why do horses act "fresh" when it's cold outside? An equine behaviorist investigates. ... Read More

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What Does a 'Free' Horse Cost? Part 1

December 07, 2017

Here's what you need to know before acquiring a free (or nearly free) horse.... Read More

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Research on Pain Scoring System for Ridden Horses Continues

December 05, 2017

This part of the study details behavioral pain markers, including head tossing, unwillingness to go forwards, and more.... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

December 02, 2017

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Selling or Giving Away a Horse With Issues

November 30, 2017

Find out what you should tell buyers about the horse's challenges and how to ensure he gets an appropriate home.... Read More

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Stubborn as a Donkey?

November 30, 2017

One behavior expert explains the differences in behavior between donkeys and horses. ... Read More

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Equine Weight Loss Mysteries

November 27, 2017

How to unravel the reason behind your horse's head-scratching weight loss.... Read More

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Researchers: Sensors Can Help Improve Rider Aids

November 27, 2017

Understanding the biomechanics of cues from a rider's legs, seat, and hands could improve horse welfare, scientists say.... Read More

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Common OTTB Behavior Traits

November 23, 2017

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

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From the Ground Up

November 16, 2017

Safe and smart groundwork can help build the foundation for a confident, well-behaved horse.... Read More

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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

November 15, 2017

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.... Read More

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Food Enrichment Activities for Donkeys

November 05, 2017

Is your donkey bored? Here are suggestions for adding entertaining food to your donkey's environment.... Read More

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Horses, Humans, and Trust

November 02, 2017

Do horses experience trust the same way humans do? ... Read More

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Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

November 02, 2017

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations.... Read More

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Moody Horses

October 26, 2017

Does it sometimes seem like your horse is having a bad day? Here are the possible reasons behind equine mood swings.... Read More

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Behavior Disclosures When Selling a Horse

October 23, 2017

When do you need to tell a buyer about a horse's past negative behaviors? Find out from attorney Rachel Kosmal McCart.... Read More

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Therapeutic Riding Horses Don't Experience Undue Stress

October 22, 2017

Researchers confirmed that therapeutic riding horses exhibited low physiological and behavioral stress responses.... Read More

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What's New With Weaning?

October 13, 2017

Improve your foal's weaning experience with these research-based recommendations. ... Read More

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

October 12, 2017

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

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Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

October 12, 2017

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare.... Read More

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Lollying Around: Why Does My Horse Play With His Tongue?

October 05, 2017

What could be the cause behind this young horse's strange tongue lollying at feeding time? Dr. Sue McDonnell answers.... Read More

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Stressed in the Stall

September 28, 2017

My horse recently started pacing and digging holes in his stall. What could be causing this behavior?... Read More

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Registration for Online Horse Behavior, Safety Course Open

September 23, 2017

Members of Saddle Up Safely's partner organizations can receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.... Read More

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Schoolmasters as School Horses

September 21, 2017

Do retired, well-schooled horses really make good beginners' horses? ... Read More