Behavior

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Researchers Pinpoint Influential Factors for Horse Welfare

November 12, 2015

Learn which factors have the biggest impact on stalled horses' welfare and how owners can improve their environments.... Read More

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Choosing an Ex-Racehorse

November 11, 2015

Before you take the plunge, learn what to be wary of as well as what to expect when choosing an ex-racehorse.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Head Control Equipment Use in Horses

November 09, 2015

Such equipment appeared most prevalent in sales advertisements for more expensive, higher-level horses, scientists said.... Read More

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Does a Racehorse Know if He Wins or Loses?

November 05, 2015

And what difference would it make to the horse if he wins or loses? An equine behaviorist weighs in. ... Read More

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All Wound Up

October 30, 2015

Physiological stress can be an important equine welfare issue. Here's what you should know.... Read More

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Horse Handling Techniques for Veterinarians and Owners

October 30, 2015

Learn how to safely train horses to behave during common procedures, such as taking temperatures and giving injections.... Read More

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Do Horses Remember Each Other?

October 29, 2015

The answer might surprise you. ... Read More

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Do Eye Wrinkles Reflect a Horse's Emotional State?

October 29, 2015

Researchers found that different types of situations affected horses' eye wrinkle characteristics.... Read More

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Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses

October 22, 2015

Some horses readily express their discomfort. Others are quieter. Learn to look for subtle signs of pain in your horse.... Read More

Dr. Gemma Pearson demonstrates how to use learning theory to encourage horses to stand quietly for injections.

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Can Learning Theory Lower Equine Vets' Injury Risk?

October 22, 2015

One vet shares how learning theory techniques can help teach difficult horses to stand calmly and accept treatments.... Read More

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High-Starch Diets' Effects on Stress Response in Horses

October 19, 2015

Increased vigilant behavior was correlated with intestinal microbial disturbances induced by a high-starch diet.... Read More

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Teaching a Horse to Stand Still at the Mounting Block

October 15, 2015

How can I encourage my horse to stand still during mounting?... Read More

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A Look at Therapeutic Riding Horses' Stress Behaviors

October 15, 2015

Stress can impair a horse's performance, diminish the benefits of therapy, and create safety risks to vulnerable riders.... Read More

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Training a Zorse: A Learning Theory Exercise

October 11, 2015

A trainer shares how he used learning theory principles to train a half-zebra with "complicated instinctive behavior."... Read More

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Help for a Girthy Horse

October 08, 2015

Do you have a cinchy horse? Follow this step-by-step advice to modify his behavior. ... Read More

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How Does Nose Twitching Affect a Horse?

October 02, 2015

Researchers concluded that nose twitches, when properly applied, are a humane restraint for short usage situations.... Read More

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Why Does My Horse Yawn During Bridling?

October 01, 2015

What happens before bridling might hold a clue as to why this horse yawns when facing his bridle.... Read More

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Is Your Equine Athlete Happy?

October 01, 2015

Scientists are on the hunt for reliable objective measures of positive emotions in horses being ridden and trained.... Read More

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10 Learning Theory-Based Horse Training Principles

September 28, 2015

These principles can help riders maintain equine welfare, improve safety, and allow horses to perform at their best.... Read More

Commentary

Learned Helplessness in Horses

September 24, 2015

When a person lays a horse down to show its submission, the animal might actually be using its last line of defense. ... Read More

Commentary

Why Might a Young Horse Grind His Teeth Under Stress?

September 17, 2015

An equine behavior researcher addresses potential reasons a 3-year-old is grinding his teeth during training. ... Read More

Commentary

A Mare's Complicated Trick or Something Else?

September 10, 2015

A reader wonders why her mare turns her head, grits her teeth, and sticks out her tongue. ... Read More

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Study Examines Method to Reduce Pawing Frequency

September 04, 2015

It's all about teaching him that if he does something else--even standing still--he'll get a reward, researchers say.... Read More

Commentary

Tail Blocking's Effects on Horse Communication

September 03, 2015

If a horse's tail has been nerved, is he at a social disadvantage when turned out with others? ... Read More

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Is That Horse Happy or Sad? His Whinny Will Tell

September 03, 2015

Researchers say it appears horses can transmit their emotions through their whinnies.... Read More