Behavior

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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

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How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

September 21, 2017

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses.... Read More

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Are Horses Self-Aware?

September 14, 2017

Italian researchers used the mirror self-recognition test on horses. Here's a look at the results.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.

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Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More

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Toning Down Playtime

September 08, 2017

How can I make my horse a less attractive target for his pasturemate, who likes to tug at halters and fly masks?... Read More

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Managing the Anxious Horse

September 03, 2017

Find out how to keep you, your prone-to-worry horse, and those around him safe.... Read More

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Can a Horse's Leg 'Fall Asleep'?

August 31, 2017

What might cause a horse to scratch or drag a leg while he's lying down? ... Read More

Commentary

Dominance in Human-Horse Relationships

August 24, 2017

Our equine behavior expert examines if dominance has a role in human-horse interactions, especially during training.... Read More

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Short-, Long-Term Effects of Vibrating Platforms Studied

August 23, 2017

There were no musculoskeletal differences between treatment and control horses, but there were behavioral differences.... Read More

Commentary

Studying the Obvious

August 17, 2017

Why do researchers spend time studying basic equine behavior questions when the answers seems so obvious?... Read More

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Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

August 11, 2017

Here are some common dental issues to watch for and how they can be corrected. ... Read More

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Aggression or Confusion?

August 10, 2017

Food-aggressive horses' "asking gestures" can escalate to a form of food-guarding behavior.... Read More

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Low-Stress Horse Loading and Trailering

July 31, 2017

Trailering can be unnerving for some horses. Learn how to keep your horse's trailering experience safe and stress-free. ... Read More

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How Do Horses Learn Differently Than Humans?

July 27, 2017

Dr. Camie Heleski offers insight on how horse and human brains differ.... Read More

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Help for the Herd Bound Horse

July 26, 2017

The University of Kentucky's Dr. Camie Heleski offers advice for handling buddy-sour horses.... Read More

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Why Do Horses Have to Learn Tasks on Both Sides?

July 25, 2017

Have you taught a horse a task on his left but had him be clueless about it on his right? Dr. Camie Heleski explains.... Read More

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Do Horses Learn From Each Other?

July 24, 2017

Dr. Camie Heleski shares scientific information about how much horses might learn from watching each other.... Read More

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Does Parade Participation Stress Horses?

July 22, 2017

On average, horses' stress levels remained within the range observed during routine work and management.... Read More

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When the Herd Moves, Who Leads and Who Follows?

July 20, 2017

Contrary to conventional wisdom, horse herds are likely egalitarian and don't have a dominant stallion and "alpha" mare.... Read More