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

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

Stall Rest Suggestions

I have a horse that is on stall rest while recovering from a fractured humeru Read More

On Stall Rest and Low Spirits

What can I do to keep my horse's spirits up while he's on stall rest? Rather than becoming agitated, he seems Read More

Signs of Equine Dementia

Old horses might suffer from some of the age-related structural brain changes that occur in other species. Read More

Soothing Painful Equine Patients

What would you recommend for a horse with burns so severe the skin is sloughi Read More

Equine Intermale Play

We have two males living together for the first time in the same pasture. One Read More

Stall Kicking Solutions

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse has developed a stall kicking problem. Read More

Training for Tight Spaces

Behavior question about getting horses used to standing in tight spaces. Read More

Stallionlike Communication

My husband and I trail ride frequently, and we both ride geldings. When my horse defecates his horse will walk Read More

Is Cribbing A Disease?

I have a horse that is a cribber. To make both our lives easier, I've deci Read More

Hand-Feeding Treats

Hand-feeding treats creates the nuisance of horses and ponies constantly nudging and nipping at people. Read More

Tongue Games

My horse sticks out his tongue when he plays with his buddies. Why does he do it? Read More

Appropriate Breeding Age

What is the correct age to breed a mare for the first time? I have strongly c Read More

Detecting Discomfort

One of the challenges with equine pain management is often simply detecting a horse in pain and to what extent Read More

Pawing Prevention for Horses

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

A Studly Gelding

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

Nurse Mares

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

Imprint Training and Future Performance

Dr. Sue McDonnell answers a reader's quesion about foal imprint training. Read More

Coprophagy: Conventional Conduct?

Why should foals eating feces be classed as normal behavior when the foal is obviously lacking some nutrient? Read More

Dieting for Disposition

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

Compulsive Circling

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

Touching a Tickle Spot?

I own a 5-year-old Friesian cross mare that I have had since her birth; she i Read More

Rescue Horse Rehab

Do you have any advice on the emotional rehabilitation of horses coming to rescues from abusive situations? Read More