Behavior

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Horses' Long-Term Memory Put to the Test

October 17, 2013

Researchers confirmed that horses retain what they learned a long time ago--for better or for worse. ... Read More

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Understanding Horse Behavior Might Prevent Human Injury

October 10, 2013

With improved understanding of equine behavior, riders can avoid potentially harmful horse situations.... Read More

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How Horses' Ear Direction Affects Jumping Success

October 07, 2013

Can a horse's ears predict a his responsiveness to a task such as jumping? Researchers found out.... Read More

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The Horses Aren't All Right (Or Maybe It's the Humans)

September 27, 2013

In what outwardly appears to be unrelated incidents, two horses rebel against the rules of society. ... Read More

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Are Horses a Vicious Species? Court to Decide

September 27, 2013

Connecticut horse owners anxiously await a ruling that could declare horses a naturally vicious species. ... Read More

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Is Clipping Still Stressful for Well-Behaved Horses?

September 23, 2013

Study results suggest that even if horses don't seem to mind clipping, they might still find it stressful.... Read More

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Does Feeding Hay Before Grain Reduce Cribbing?

September 19, 2013

Feeding hay before grains appeared to reduce the intensity of cribbing episodes in a recent study.... Read More

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Mules Rule Over Horses, Donkeys in Spatial Cognition Tests

September 16, 2013

Mules appear to have a faster capacity to navigate around objects than horses and donkeys, researchers say.... Read More

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Study: Young Horses Can't Read Subtle Human Body Cues

September 13, 2013

However, young horses were able to detect more obvious human body cues like finger-pointing.... Read More

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Grumpy Joggers

September 11, 2013

Both of my well-mannered mares try to nip at me when trotting in-hand. Is there a reason why horses do this?... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Water Bucket Half Full or Half Empty?

September 11, 2013

Researchers developed a test to find out whether horses are optimistic, pessimistic, or somewhere in between.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Respond to Negative Reinforcement

September 06, 2013

Researchers proved that horses can become "lighter" with proper negative reinforcement training.... Read More

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Water Crossing Confidence

September 04, 2013

Why do horses act so suspicious of water they cross regularly, and what can we do to build their confidence?... Read More

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Whip Use in Elite, Non-Elite Show Jumpers

September 02, 2013

Researchers take a look at whip use by jumper riders and how it relates to performance outcomes.... Read More

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Pleasant vs. Stern Human Voice's Effect on Horses

August 30, 2013

It seems like horses respond to changes in human voice tone, but is it a coincidence? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Startle Response to Novel Objects

August 25, 2013

One of the most consistent indicators of equine temperament is a horse's novelty response, researchers say.... Read More

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Researchers Assess Youthful Play Behavior in Adult Horses

August 23, 2013

Researchers estimate that if a horse investigates an object for 13 seconds or more, then he is likely playing.... Read More

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Frequent Feeding Reduces Group-Housed Horses' Aggression

August 19, 2013

More frequent forage feedings for group-housed horses could lead to a balance between feeding and resting.... Read More

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Positive, Negative Reinforcement in Horse Training Compared

August 14, 2013

Training efficacy and stress levels were similar in the negative and positive reinforcement groups. ... Read More

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Researchers Measure Horses' Noseband Pressure

August 12, 2013

Researchers recently developed two pressure detection systems to measure pressure exerted by nosebands.... Read More

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Study: T-Touch 'Positively Accepted' by Saddle Horses

August 08, 2013

Horses undergoing T-Touch exhibited fewer aggressive reactions than those experiencing massage or rest.... Read More

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2013 International Society for Equitation Science a Success

August 04, 2013

The conference brought together delegates from 14 countries to discuss equine behavior and welfare.... Read More

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Excitement, Feeling, and Attachment's Impact on Training

August 02, 2013

Training outcomes are affected by a horse's arousal state and his attachment to his trainer, scientists say.... Read More

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Researchers Study Abnormal Behavior Prevalence in Racehorses

July 30, 2013

Researchers found that 11.03% of the racehorses evaluated performed some stereotypy or abnormal behavior.... Read More

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Study: Tone, Pitch Human Voice Could Affect Horses

July 28, 2013

Researchers studied whether speaking in a soothing tone has a beneficial impact on the horse.... Read More