Equine Behavior Commentary Series

Do you ever wonder why your horse does that? Join The Horse each week as our animal behavior experts field your equine-behavior questions.

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Cold Weather and Fresh Horses

January 26, 2017

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

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Moody Horses

September 01, 2016

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

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Treat-Training Horses While Riding

July 14, 2016

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

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

March 03, 2016

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

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Horses, Humans, and Trust

February 11, 2016

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

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Softening the Hard Mouthed-Horse

January 28, 2016

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

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Stop the Mugging! Using Treats in Equine Training

December 18, 2015

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

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Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses

April 13, 2017

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

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Do Horses Remember Each Other?

March 30, 2017

The answer might surprise you. ... Read More

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Holiday Gifts Your Horse Will Love

November 30, 2016

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

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Do Horses Feel Empathy?

November 10, 2016

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

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Are Stall Toys Good for Horses?

June 16, 2016

A horse behavior expert weighs in on whether she believes horses benefit from toys.... Read More

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Stubborn as a Donkey?

June 02, 2016

One behavior expert explains the differences in behavior between donkeys and horses. ... Read More

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The 'Horse Waterboarding' Incident Deconstructed

May 20, 2016

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

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How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 12, 2016

An equine reproductive behavior expert shares insight into how mares and herds will ward off danger to their young.... Read More

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Can My Horse Read My Thoughts?

March 31, 2016

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

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When Horses Don't Respond to Corrections

March 24, 2016

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

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Why Do Horses Weave?

February 18, 2016

Find out why a horse might start weaving and what, if anything, you can do about this stereotypy. ... Read More

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

November 13, 2015

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

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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

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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