Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB

Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, is a certified applied animal behaviorist and the founding head of the equine behavior program at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also the author of numerous books and articles about horse behavior and management.

Articles by Sue McDonnell

Controlling Cribbing in Horses

How can I work with a cribber so he can stop wearing his cribbing collar? Read More

Biting and Snapping Pony

How should I handle a pony that tries to attack people when they enter his stall? Read More

Trailer Unloading Problems

Why does my horse bolt out of the back of the trailer as soon as we start to open the back gate? Read More

Drinking Water Temperature

Why might our horses drink from an ice cold creek or tank rather than from the heated water buckets? Read More

Rolling in Dirt

Almost every time we let our horses out of the stalls after feeding them, they roll. Why? Read More

Can't Catch My Horse

Learn how to deal with a horse or pony that doesn't like to be caught in the pasture. Read More

A True Gelding?

Many true geldings retain stallion-like behaviors. Read More

Incompatible Horses: Bickering Minis

Do your have any recommendations on how to handle two incompatible Miniature Horses? Read More

Grumpy Joggers

Both of my well-mannered mares try to nip at me when trotting in-hand. Is there a reason why horses do this? Read More

Water Crossing Confidence

Why do horses act so suspicious of water they cross regularly, and what can we do to build their confidence? Read More

Rehabbing the Bolter

Will forming a bond with my horse help keep him from bolting when riding in the arena and around the paddocks? Read More

Spinning and Twirling Behavior

Could a horse who loves spinning things be autistic? Read More

Safe Horse Handling for Vet Visits

What's the best way to handle a horse so he remains calm and well-behaved during vet and farrier visits? Read More

Castrated and Confused

Is it normal to have a gelding burro, not just mount, but actually try to mate with a jenny? Read More

Stall Walking

I just bought a mare only to find out she is a stall walker. Is there a fix for stall walkers? Read More

Lonely Filly

My filly lives in a pasture alone because the older horses try to hurt her. Does this hurt her social skills? Read More

Overprotective Mother

How can I check on a foal to make sure he's thriving without being in danger with the protective mare? Read More

Are Humans Threatening During Foaling?

How does the presence of humans affect the mare just prior to giving birth? Read More

Water Site Marking

My mare poops in her automatic waterer when she's stalled. What can we do? Read More

Shaping Orphan Behavior

What sort of behavior problems would an orphan foal develop? Read More

First-Time Traveler

How do you keep a spooky horse calm during long-distance transportation? Read More

Gelding Aggression

Are there behavior modifications we could try or training methods to deal with our gelding's aggression? Read More

Incessant Licking

I have a very athletic 10-year-old, 17-hand Warmblood gelding who is very well-behaved. He doesn't bite, doesn Read More

So, You Want to be an Equine Behaviorist

I am extremely interested in becoming an equine behaviorist. I want to know more about how to go about pursuin Read More

Mouthy Mystery

When my friend rides her Thoroughbred gelding in the arena, after doing several side passes over and over agai Read More