Behavior

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Horse Handling Table Topic (AAEP 2011)

December 19, 2011

Understanding how the horse sees the world is key to developing a practical handling approach.... Read More

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Noseband Tightness' Effect on Performance Horse Behavior

December 13, 2011

The amount of tension needed on the reins to maintain contact with the bit varies with noseband tightness.... Read More

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Effect of Bit Type on Performance Horses Evaluated

December 08, 2011

Regardless of the bit used, each horse's performance remained constant in the two dressage tests.... Read More

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Equine Welfare Monitoring System Under Evaluation

December 06, 2011

The system includes animal-based measurements developed from criteria described in scientific literature.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Pheromone Gel's Calming Effects on Horses

December 04, 2011

Horses treated with pheromones were less stressed during cognitive sessions after travel than untreated ones.... Read More

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Detecting Discomfort

December 01, 2011

One of the challenges with equine pain management is often simply detecting a horse in pain and to what extent... Read More

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Investigative Behavior's Influence on Horse Jumping

November 29, 2011

Investigative behavior applied to training can help jumping horses gain confidence when faced with new jumps.... Read More

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Heart Rate's Effect on Equine Performance

November 27, 2011

A research team found that in young horses, as heart rate increased performance quality decreased.... Read More

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Can Horses 'Watch and Learn'?

November 25, 2011

One experiment showed a trend suggesting it was possible, but another refuted that evidence.... Read More

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McDonnell Receives AAEP's George Stubbs Award

November 21, 2011

The award honors a nonveterinarian individual who has made substantial contributions to veterinary medicine... Read More

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2011 George Stubbs Award Winner: Dr. Sue McDonnell

November 21, 2011

Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, received the 2011 George Stubbs award at the 2011 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Rider and Handler Effect on Horse Behavior

November 19, 2011

Riders and handlers might have a considerable affect on a horse's behavior, especially in fearful situations.... Read More

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Evaluating Horse, Rider Biomechanic Interaction

November 16, 2011

Researchers are learning about the kind of weight and pressure humans put on different parts of horses' bodies... Read More

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Conventional vs. Natural Training: Which is Less Stressful?

November 14, 2011

Natural training methods produced fewer signs of stress in young horses at three important stages of training.... Read More

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Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined

November 10, 2011

Researchers found a definite trend towards fundamental gender differences in equine behavior.... Read More

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Behavior of Horses With, Without Gastric Ulcers Compared

November 08, 2011

A study shows that "ulcerated" horses didn't seem to look or act significantly different from healthy horses.... Read More

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Could Vices in Horses be the Basis for a Legal Battle?

November 07, 2011

A researcher discusses what counts as an equine vice and where the fault might lie in a court of law.... Read More

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Longeing in Neck Hyperflexion Might Not Cause Horses Stress

November 06, 2011

No significant differences in stress between horses working in hyperflexion and those that did not were noted.... Read More

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Researcher: Prime Equine Performance Linked to Good Welfare

November 01, 2011

Horses need good health care, and to be treated fairly and as individuals to perform at their best.... Read More

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Turnout's Effects on Stall-Kept Equine Athletes

October 28, 2011

A team of researchers found that a little turnout time can improve behavior in stall-kept equine athletes.... Read More

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Microchipping vs. Branding Horses: Which is Less Stressful?

October 25, 2011

There was no significant difference in stress levels between horses that were branded or microchipped.... Read More

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BHA Amends Whip Rules; World Horse Welfare 'Disappointed'

October 24, 2011

The BHA has softened the new whip rules implemented Oct. 10, much to the dismay of World Horse Welfare.... Read More

The "nanny" group of foals showed the least amount of stress from weaning. Over the first few days of weaning, these foals whinnied and paced less and ate and slept more, compared to the foals in other groups.

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Study: 'Nanny' Horses Reduce Weaning Stress for Foals

October 03, 2011

Researchers found that the presence of "nanny" mares reduced the amount of weaning stress foals experienced.... Read More

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Pawing Prevention for Horses

October 01, 2011

A reader looks for help for their laminitic horse who hates being stall-bound.... Read More

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A Studly Gelding

October 01, 2011

This year he started displaying stallionlike behavior when the mares he's... Read More