Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB, IAABC-Certified Horse Behavior Consultant

Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB, IAABC-Certified Horse Behavior Consultant, is a research professor at the University of Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. She holds a doctorate in animal behavior and has taught courses in animal learning and behavior for more than 20 years. Her research looks at temperament, stress, and burn-out as they relate to the selection, retention, and welfare of therapy horses. She also provides private behavior consultations and training services in the Seattle area.

Articles by Robin Foster

Are Horses Self-Aware?

Italian researchers used the mirror self-recognition test on horses. Here's a look at the results. Read More

Dominance in Human-Horse Relationships

Our equine behavior expert examines if dominance has a role in human-horse interactions, especially during training. Read More

When the Herd Moves, Who Leads and Who Follows?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, horse herds are likely egalitarian and don't have a dominant stallion and "alpha" mare. Read More

Mountain Bikes on the Trail? No Problem for Prepared Horses

Introduce horses systematically to bikes, hikers, backpackers, strollers, and ATVs to reduce spooking on the trail. Read More

Why is This Horse Rearing?

A behaviorist offers feedback about a Facebook fan's video of a rearing horse. Her take? Aggressive rearing is unsafe. Read More

Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses

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

How to Teach a Horse to Cross Water

Dr. Robin Foster offers a step-by-step guide to teach a horse to step into bodies of water without drama. Read More

Do Horses Remember Each Other?

The answer might surprise you. Read More

Will Coaxing a Nervous Horse Reinforce Her Nervous Behavior?

Some people believe petting a fearful horse will teach it to act more upset in the future. Read what our expert says. Read More

Show Your Horse You Care on Valentine's Day

Give your equine valentine something he or she will truly appreciate. Read More

Cold Weather and Fresh Horses

Why do horses act "fresh" when it's cold outside? An equine behaviorist investigates. Read More

Holiday Gifts Your Horse Will Love

Not sure what to get your horse? Consider an enrichment toy or activity! Read More

Do Horses Feel Empathy?

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Here's what we know about horses and empathy. Read More

Moody Horses

Does it sometimes seem like your horse is having a bad day? Here are the possible reasons behind equine mood swings. Read More

Treat-Training Horses While Riding

Our equine behavior expert offers advice for applying learning theory and treat-training under saddle. Read More

The 'Horse Waterboarding' Incident Deconstructed

An equine behaviorist weighs in on "flooding" in horse training and offers a less stressful alternative. Read More

Can My Horse Read My Thoughts?

A certified equine behavior consultant addresses the seemingly telepathic relationship some of us have with our horses. Read More

When Horses Don't Respond to Corrections

Our behavior expert looks at the reasons punishment often doesn't work with horses and offers alternative solutions. Read More

Does Your Horse Play 'Catch Me If You Can'?

Here's why your horse might run away when it's time to come in from turnout and how you can work to solve the problem. Read More

Horses, Humans, and Trust

Do horses experience trust the same way humans do? Read More

Softening the Hard Mouthed-Horse

Does it feel like your horse hangs on the reins? A behaviorist offers possible causes and solutions to the problem. Read More

Don't Judge a Horse by His (or Her) Color

Is there any proof behind the hot-blooded chestnut mare stereotype? An equine behaviorist weighs in. Read More

Stop the Mugging! Using Treats in Equine Training

My trainer says feeding my horse treats has caused his poor ground manners. Should I stop? Read More

Is There Really Such Thing as a 'Woman's Horse'?

People sometimes assume that an individual horse prefers women over men. Let's look at what the science says. Read More

Why Does My Horse Yawn During Bridling?

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