Behavior

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Nurse Mares

September 08, 2011

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Make an annual wellness exam the number one item on your horse-health to-do list, recommends Tanner. The exam will include evaluating your horse’s heart, lungs, gastrointestinal system, soundness, and dental health. This is also a great time for you and your vet to plan a deworming strategy for the year.

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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

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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

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Dieting for Disposition

July 01, 2011

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

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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

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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

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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