Behavior

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Physical or Psychological?

June 01, 2001

How does a veterinary behaviorist know for sure something is or is not a psychological problem?... Read More

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Rushing Out of Trailers

June 01, 2001

Dr. McDonell shares her thoughts on horses that rush out of trailers. ... Read More

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One-Horse Property?

June 01, 2001

Why is it considered inhumane to have just one horse?... Read More

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Mare Savages Foal

June 01, 2001

Mares which unpredictably savage a foal in this manner typically savage again if given the opportunity... Read More

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Headshaking Problem

June 01, 2001

My horse is driving me crazy! Every time we go out to ride, he starts flipping his head. What is his problem?... Read More

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Water Temperature and Drinking Behavior

February 01, 2001

Why do horses drink ice cold water from the creek or tank rather than warm water in buckets? ... Read More

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Bizarre Behavior

January 01, 2001

We have a new problem with our old family pony. Pokey is a Shetland gelding that we have had since our first of five daughters was five years old. We figured he was about 10 years old in 1978 when we got him, so he is now just over 30. Pokey... Read More

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Foal Eats Manure

January 01, 2001

What about our foals that eat manure? Why do they do it? ... Read More

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Till Death Do Us Part

January 01, 2001

How do horses perceive a dead horse? Do they know the deceased is not coming back?... Read More

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Rolling Along

January 01, 2001

Almost every time I let my horses out of the stalls after feeding them, they roll in the dirt, dust, or mud. Why?... Read More

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Ground Work

January 01, 2001

What training tips do you have for working with a horse that hasn't been ridden in four years?... Read More

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Teeth Grinding

January 01, 2001

What does teeth grinding mean? I think there is a horse in our barn that does it sometimes. ... Read More

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Horse Play

January 01, 2001

I have a report to do for science class on animal behavior (middle school, fifth grade). My teacher, Mr. Brennan, said to pick a favorite animal species and a favorite type of behavior. My favorite animals are wild horses, and my... Read More

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Pasture Feeding Aggression

January 01, 2001

My yearling colt came from a place where he was kept with a group of yearlings. All were fed their grain in buckets along a fence line, with the buckets hung on posts. I now have him in with one other yearling, a filly which I got at the sam... Read More

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Biter Gone Bad

January 01, 2001

We've been raising a Welsh pony for the kids. At about nine months of age, he started with constant nipping at your arm and the lead shank, kind of playing with you. We read on the Internet that this biting is a "colt thing," and that it... Read More

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Education: Human and Horse

January 01, 2001

The amazing versatility of horses can sometimes leave you in awe. A recent trip overseas brought that point home. In some places if the horse doesn’t work, the family doesn’t eat; in others horses cope with Molotov cocktails, terrorists, and... Read More

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Research: Mirrors Help Reduce Stress and Social Isolation

January 01, 2001

A research team at The Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, located near the town of Grantham in the English county of Lincolnshire, recently released the results of a study showing that horses are more content and relaxed if acrylic mirrors are... Read More

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Problem Behaviors in Pastures

June 01, 2000

I recently purchased a 4-year-old gelding. He is extremely aggressive toward my other gelding in the pasture, and I'm unable to turn them out together. I am able to turn the horse out with my pony mare and pony gelding, but he... Read More

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Mare Madness

April 01, 2000

I hear it all the time: "My mare is impossible whenever she is in heat, and, in fact, she's in heat most of the time!" or "Every time I want to do something with my mare, she's in heat; in fact, she was in heat for every single show last year!"... Read More

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Equine Self Mutilation

March 01, 2000

It's a beautiful winter weekend, and finally you have a full morning to spend at the barn. You're happily grooming your horse when you notice a cluster of patches of wet hair on his side. Peculiar pattern to the wet hairs -- all are lying forwar... Read More

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Battling Mares: Fighting for Dominance

January 01, 2000

Q. Within the past three weeks, we have purchased our second miniature horse, a 10-year-old mare in foal. When the mare arrived at our farm, we assumed that she would be a good companion for our 2-year-old miniature mare. We also expected that... Read More

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Tail Rubbing Problem

December 01, 1998

My horse is constantly rubbing his tail on anything he can find. What's causing him to do this? ... Read More

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Clues To Horse Extinction Point To Grass, Climate Change

October 23, 1998

What caused the extinction of many equine species and other mammals 6 million years ago?... Read More

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Stallion Behavior

September 01, 1998

Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses observations of stallions in the wild and domestication. ... Read More

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Communication: Horse Whispering

August 01, 1998

Learning to understand what a horse is communicating, whether to other horses or to humans, and how to communicate in return can be a lifelong endeavor for the avid horse owner because horses are not all the same.... Read More