Behavior

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Winter Boredom Busters for Horses

March 02, 2015

What ideas do you have for dealing with winter horse boredom?... Read More

Commentary

Are Horses Smart or Not, or Good or Bad?

February 26, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl weighs in on how to tell if a horse is intelligent, or whether he's inherently good or bad.... Read More

Article

Study: Pawing Could be Indicative of Discomfort

February 21, 2015

Pawing could be a learned behavior that might reflect an effort to ease pain in the limbs or abdomen, researchers said.... Read More

Commentary

Managing a Head-Banging Horse

February 19, 2015

My gelding has started banging his head against the trailer wall. ... Read More

Article

Penn Vet Offers Reproduction, Behavior Short Courses

February 17, 2015

The short courses will focus on reproduction and behavior, including stallion handling and horse behavior modification.... Read More

Commentary

Punishment and Horses

February 12, 2015

Does punishing horses work to deter them from certain behaviors, and when is punishment appropriate for a horse?... Read More

Article

Retired Racehorses: Transitioning from Racetrack to Ribbons

February 09, 2015

From selecting a horse to rehabbing and feeding him, learn how to transition an ex-racer to life as a riding mount.... Read More

Commentary

Why Do Horses Weave?

February 05, 2015

Find out why a horse might start weaving and what, if anything, you can do about this stereotypy. ... Read More

Commentary

Why Does a Horse Rest a Hind Leg?

January 29, 2015

A vet and horse behavior expert shares how to distinguish between normal hind-leg resting behavior and lameness.... Read More

Commentary

Pulling Ponies Won't Quit Grass Grabbing In-Hand

January 22, 2015

Learn how to keep ponies, Miniature Horses, and full-sized horses from pulling and grazing when you lead them.... Read More

Commentary

What Does 'Sacking Out' a Horse Mean?

January 15, 2015

Learn how to get your horse to accept new and scary objects or sounds.... Read More

Commentary

Messy Gelding vs. Tidy Gelding

January 08, 2015

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

Article

Dealing With Enthusiastic Learners

January 05, 2015

Learn how to modify an overzealous carrot stretcher's behavior.... Read More

Article

UT Veterinary College Offers Conference for Horse Owners

January 04, 2015

Lecture topics will include hoof care, nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, eye diseases, behavior, and more.... Read More

Commentary

Sunspot Spooking

January 01, 2015

Find out why horses spook at sunspots on the ground and what you can do to correct this behavior.... Read More

Article

A Love-Hate Relationship

December 30, 2014

Learn why a horse gets bullied by her herdmate.... Read More

Commentary

Why Does a Horse Whinny?

December 25, 2014

Learn about equine vocalization and how horses might or might not use whinnies to communicate. ... Read More

Article

Good Horse Keeping and Other Advice From Equine Rescuers

December 24, 2014

Rescue operators share advice on small steps owners can take to keep their horses out of less-than-ideal situations.... Read More

Blog

'Some Horses Just Don't Know They're Old...'

December 23, 2014

How do you balance your old horse's work load with his physical limitations?... Read More

Commentary

Why Do Horses Nicker?

December 18, 2014

Dr. Nancy Diehl explains what we know--and don't know--about a horse's nicker.... Read More

Commentary

Help! My Horse Keeps Tossing His Head at Mealtime!

December 11, 2014

A veterinarian and equine behavior expert addresses a possible learned head tossing behavior at feeding time.... Read More

Commentary

Why Do Young Horses Champ Their Mouths?

December 04, 2014

Discover the possible reasons a foal or young horse might "gum" at an adult horse.... Read More

Article

Ways to Reduce a Cribber's Colic Risk

December 04, 2014

Researchers' suggestions include maximizing cribbers' turnout time, making sure forage is readily available, and more.... Read More

Article

Standardizing Equitation Science Research

December 01, 2014

One researcher says it's important to reach a consensus on how to conduct equitation science research.... Read More

Commentary

Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

November 27, 2014

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