Behavior

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Behavior, Good and Bad?

December 01, 2004

What makes our horses "acceptable" to us, even when they might not be "acceptable" to another owner? As someone who has taken her share of bucks, falls, bounces, and near-misses, at this stage in my life I'm not looking for a new "challenge" or ... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

November 16, 2004

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a... Read More

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Using the Twitch Properly

November 01, 2004

I attended a short course on horse behavior at New Bolton Center where you explained how a twitch works and your recommendations for how to use it most effectively. It seemed to make so much sense why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't,... Read More

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Breaking A Young Horse

October 01, 2004

My husband and I recently broke my 3-year-old mare to ride. The first few times she rode like a dream, then she caught on to the idea that when we catch her, she has to work, and she has gotten a bad attitude. Her new antics include bucking. I'v... Read More

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Water Crossing

October 01, 2004

How can I get my horse to cross through water when I'm riding him on trail? He refuses to even get his feet wet.           via e-mail


For horses that are afraid... Read More

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Temperament: Buying the Right Horse for the Trail

September 08, 2004

In a discussion of proper temperament in a trail horse, words like "solid" and "steady" come to mind. You want a horse that will carry you over a trail with little to no fuss or fidgeting--a horse that is solid and steady in the bridle... Read More

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Arizona Horse Attack Mystery Solved

August 01, 2004

The necks of more than 20 horses were mysteriously slashed near their jugular veins at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., beginning in July, 2003. The attacks launched an investigation, and concern about area horses' safety erupted.... Read More

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Sleep-Crashing

July 01, 2004

In any of the equine behavior literature that I have read, I am unable to find any description of the sleeping behavior we see in our retired broodmare (17 years old). She has functioned as the watch horse in the small herd she was from, and she... Read More

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Blind and Restless

June 01, 2004

My 19-year-old horse is 95% blind, and when he's not eating or sleeping he walks in circles. What can I do to stop or minimize this behavior? via e-mail


You certainly would want to have this horse evaluated by a... Read More

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Get a Vet!

June 01, 2004

When I ride my 24-year-old Arabian mare Western, she tends to want to pick up the pace and wants to look around. How can I get her to slow down and stay focused? She gets stiff and starts to limp on her left hind leg when I am riding her. Anothe... Read More

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Don't Leave Me Alone!

June 01, 2004

Why do some horses not like having their buddies taken out of their pen when they have to stay in?    Katy


The ancestors of our domestic horses were open plains grazing animals, for whom the strategy... Read More

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Stall Rest: Laid Up or Losing It?

June 01, 2004

Stall rest--a term that all horse owners and stable managers dread--is generally prescribed following severe injury such as fractures, large wounds, surgery, and in some cases of lameness. How strictly imposed the stall rest is depends upon the sever... Read More

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Rock Hard Ten Goes to Gate School

May 25, 2004

(from Belmont Park notes)

In the Preakness on May 15, Rock Hard Ten, a huge colt, was especially conspicuous. As the last horse loaded into the gate at Pimlico, Rock Hard Ten had the attention of the racing world and NBC's... Read More

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Play Invitation

May 01, 2004

We have been struggling with a very particular behavior problem with a young colt. From birth, he's been a strong and athletic rascal, and has been "full of himself," with the usual colt behavior tendencies. We have dealt successfully with all... Read More

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Smart Horse: Understanding the Science of Natural Horsemanship

April 02, 2004

From CHAPTER 3: LEARNING AND REINFORCEMENT

When we say that a horse has learned something, we are really saying that we have increased the likelihood that he will perform a particular action in response to a particular stimulus.... Read More

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Foals and Geldings

April 01, 2004

My 12-year-old daughter's 9-year-old Welsh Pony gelding (named Taffy) was moved to a new stable about eight weeks ago. Six weeks after the move, Taffy was introduced to the mares and allowed to graze and socialize with them. Since four of the 16... Read More

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Trails, Trips, and Traveling With Horses

April 01, 2004

There was a time when trail riding was pretty much confined to where one lived. The choices might include a country road or a ditch along a busy highway. That, however, is in the past. Powerful trucks and sophisticated trailers have opened... Read More

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Bereavement Leave?

March 01, 2004

I have two horses in my stable yard. One is a 20-year-old retired ex-chaser gelding and the other is a 12-year-old Arab gelding. They have been together for seven years, six of which were spent living on a small yard with just the two of them an... Read More

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IVERCARE--Because You Care Winners Announced

March 01, 2004

Five winners are sharing prize money totaling $17,500 in the IVERCARE--Because You Care award program. The program, sponsored by Farnam Horse Products, rewards nonprofit organizations and individuals who strive to improve the health and welfare... Read More

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Police Horse Diary 02/10/04

February 10, 2004

Will spring ever come? I don’t know about where you live, but I’m tired of cold weather, frozen water tanks, and frozen ground that then turns into a muddy quagmire the few days it gets above freezing. This hasn’t made for good training for the... Read More

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Regumate to Control Stud Behavior?

February 01, 2004

Q: My yearling stallion has begun his show career in longe line classes. He is beginning to lose concentration and act "studdy" at shows. It was suggested that I put him on Regumate to help control this behavior (as an... Read More

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Police Horse Diary

January 06, 2004

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This diary will be a new undertaking for TheHorse.com, and we hope you'll share your comments and questions as we guide the educational... Read More

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Excessive Girthiness

January 01, 2004

Q: I start young Thoroughbreds for racing, and occasionally I work with a horse that gets really "girthy." Some even get to the point of falling down, and others get a hump in their backs as if they are going to explode. Can you... Read More

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Fear of Cows

January 01, 2004

My horse is a 16.3-hand 7-year-old off-track Thoroughbred. His history is largely unknown. My problem is that in the five months I've had him at a boarding stable, he hasn't gotten over his fear of cows and their field, which is about 10 fee... Read More

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Police Horse Diary: 11/13/03

November 13, 2003

My apologies for the prolonged interim between entries. Family medical and other emergencies (drunk driver demolishes grandmother's attached garage with full-size pick-up truck) took away from writing time.

The boys are really growing,... Read More