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.


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


Pawing Prevention for Horses

October 01, 2011

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


A Studly Gelding

October 01, 2011

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


Researchers Examine One-Sided Imprint Training

September 26, 2011

Research indicates that one-sided imprint training is not might not be as beneficial as once thought.... Read More


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


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


Nurse Mares

September 08, 2011

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Dieting for Disposition

July 01, 2011

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


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


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


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


Compulsive Circling

June 01, 2011

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


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


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


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


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


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


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