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Horse Adoption/Rescue

September 21, 2011

How can you find the right horse to rescue or adopt? Our experts offer advice about rehomed horses.... Read More

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Weaning Stress and Nutritional Influences

September 14, 2011

Nutritional support could reduce the stresses and health challenges that weaning places on young horses.... Read More

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Nurse Mares

September 08, 2011

Dr. Sue McDonnell talks about what makes a reliable nurse mare.... Read More

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Management Practices Could Help Reduce Cribbing

September 01, 2011

An analysis of cribbing research provides information about the behavior and suggests preventative measures.... Read More

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Imprint Training and Future Performance

August 25, 2011

Dr. Sue McDonnell answers a reader's quesion about foal imprint training.... Read More

Hartmann's study concluded that it was not less stressful to habituate naive young horses to social separation using a herdmate as a training partner as opposed to alone.

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The Effect of Training Partners on Social Separation

August 18, 2011

Researchers examined if using a herdmate as a training partner for a young horse beneficial in the long run.... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Bit Harmful to His Mouth?

August 17, 2011

The results of a recent study suggest that bits could cause bone spurs and dental damage in some horses.... Read More

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New Bolton Center Short Courses on Reproduction, Behavior

August 07, 2011

The New Bolton Center is pleased to offer three equine short courses focusing on reproduction and behavior.... Read More

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Taking the Stress out of Vet Visits

July 30, 2011

What can vets and owners do to make veterinary visits less stressful for the horses and people involved?... Read More

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Coprophagy: Conventional Conduct?

July 25, 2011

Why should foals eating feces be classed as normal behavior when the foal is obviously lacking some nutrient?... Read More

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Dieting for Disposition

July 01, 2011

Is it possible to feed to improve a horse's behavior?... Read More

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Feeding Behavior: What's Natural for Your Horse?

June 11, 2011

How do you design a feeding program that mimics how horses' feeding habits have evolved? ... Read More

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Keep Horses Calm with Desensitization Training

June 06, 2011

According to a recent study, doing some at-home preparations could aid horses in staying calm when faced with... Read More

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Does a Horse's Work Affect His Personality?

June 03, 2011

Does a horse's daily job affect his or her personality? A a group of French researchers recently used ethology... Read More

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Compulsive Circling

June 01, 2011

Why does my blind horse constantly pace in circles in an anticlockwise direction? ... Read More

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Touching a Tickle Spot?

June 01, 2011

I own a 5-year-old Friesian cross mare that I have had since her birth; she i... Read More

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Researcher: Breed and Housing Impact Riding Horses' Temperaments

May 08, 2011

Finding great riding school horses is a perpetual challenge for instructors. There isn't a formula for selecting the ideal school horse--sometimes the perfect mount just comes along, and other times management methods dictate whether a school horse ... Read More

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Do Horses Recognize Their People?

May 02, 2011

Does a horse respond differently to "his person" as opposed to a stranger? The results of a recent French study indicate that horses use auditory and visual information to recognize specific people, and that they expect certain behaviors from those ... Read More

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New Bolton Center Offers Equine Behavior Course

April 17, 2011

How horses interact, the subtleties of equine communication, and the ways in which trainers can influence behavior are all topics of focus at the upcoming short course on horse behavior. The course will be held May 12-13 on the New Bolton Center ... Read More

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Male Horses: A Role in Early-Term Abortion?

April 14, 2011

Early-term abortion in mares is a frustrating problem for breeders, as often the cause is nearly impossible to determine. But a team of researchers from the Czech Republic might have uncovered one possible reason why mares abort in certain management... Read More

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Link Between Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses Identified

April 11, 2011

Anyone who's suffered from chronic aches and pains will likely say the ever-present irritation can put a damper on their day, possibly even making them cranky. But is the same true for horses? A group of French researchers recently completed a study ... Read More

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Mustangs Teach RU Students About Nutrition, Behavior

April 02, 2011

What do wild mustangs have to teach people? If you ask the students enrolled in Rutgers University's (RU) Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP), the answer will likely be, "plenty." For the past two years, the YHTRP, headed by Sarah L. ... Read More

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Battling Boredom: Study Proves Food-Related Items Most Successful

March 27, 2011

The researchers observed that whether alone or in groups, the enrichment items horses liked best involved food... Read More

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Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

March 13, 2011

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. ... Read More

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War Horse Captures Equine Behavior with Puppets

March 04, 2011

Most horse lovers have read Black Beauty, the famous novel Anna Sewell wrote to raise awareness of the mistreatment of carriage and other working horses in Victorian England. Another English writer, Michael Morpurgo, accomplished a similar feat with ... Read More