Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Earplugs for Equines: Can You Hear Me Now?

May 04, 2008

"If you are going to submit your horse to repetitive loud noises, earplugs are a good idea," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, of Jackson Animal Clinic, in Platte City, Mo. The bonus? Not only can they protect the horse's ears, they can help the horse perform m... Read More

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Desensitizing Your Horse to Fly Spray

May 01, 2008

A HORSE'S LAMENT: How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. 'Tis the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril. Yonder vessel full of foul sound and fury. Cruel icy tears assailing my body. --Equus... Read More

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Natural Stallion Behavior

May 01, 2008

Q: I own a Lusitano stallion that has been stabled at the same barn for four years. Within the past four to six months, he has shown increasingly aggressive displays toward two stallions that walk in front of his stall. He kicks an... Read More

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Equine Color Vision Research: Seeing Things Differently

April 30, 2008

If you have a horse of a different color, chances are your horse knows it--although he might not be able to say if he's red or green.

New physiological and behavioral research by various teams across the globe has added weight to the... Read More

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Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

April 10, 2008

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More

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How to Block the Ear

April 06, 2008

A few horses out there like to have their ears rubbed, but many are tolerant of ear handling at best, and violently ear shy at worst. When these horses need to have veterinary work done around their ears, such as biopsies or stitching of... Read More

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Potty Problems

April 01, 2008

I have a serious problem with my 3-year-old Warmblood filly I recently purchased. I had her extensively vette... Read More

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Training a One-Eyed Horse

April 01, 2008

Working with visually impaired horses has been mostly with those that lost vision as an adult, after they had been trained. And, in general, the horses I have worked with directly have impressed me with how adaptable they have been with losing vision... Read More

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How to Airlift a Horse

March 24, 2008

"The process of airlifting a horse still carries inherent dangers for the horse and rescue personnel," he concluded. "Risks may be lessened by a program that involves regular training, including a helicopter lift when possible, to increase the team's... Read More

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Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... Read More

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Study Correlates Food Rewards with Positive Responses during Training

March 03, 2008

Young horses learn faster and have more positive interactions with humans when they receive food as a reward during training, according to a new study presented at the 34th Annual Read More

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Raising a Stud Colt

March 01, 2008

I have bred my first colt this year and thus far have followed handling practices we have used on our previous two filly foals with great success. We have a beautiful Welsh Section C colt who is unafraid of most things, is very people friendly, wil... Read More

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Breeding Behavior: War Emblem Managers Still Trying

February 17, 2008

Hope continues to spring in abundance, if perhaps not eternally, at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan that War Emblem will overcome his mysterious disdain for breeding.

With the dual American classic winner notching his first Japanese... Read More

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Study Tracks Horses' Ability to Follow Human Pointing Gestures

February 15, 2008

Socialized horses are able to understand most kinds of human pointing gestures, although they respond more readily to some variations of pointing as opposed to others, according to a new study carried out by Hungarian researchers in Godollo.

I... Read More

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Readers Respond: Hold Your Horses

February 13, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you use imprinting or desensitization techniques with your foals?"

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Hands Off: New Research on Impact of Human Intervention on Foal Behavior

February 02, 2008

Human interaction with foals at a critical early developmental age appears to be a stressor, whereas positive human interaction with the dam creates a strong model for the observing foal, according to a series of ongoing research projects a... Read More

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Becoming a Behaviorist

February 01, 2008


Veterinarians and nonveterinarians can pursue this growing field.

What does it require to pursue a career as an animal behavioral consultant? I've heard the question a number of times.... Read More

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Pawing Problem

February 01, 2008

Is there a humane method for breaking my 4-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter mare from pawing? ... Read More

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Calming Mother Nature

January 26, 2008

Q: I have a 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare that is quite "the mare." When she is around the geldings (even if they are in different pastures) and in season, she will put her butt up to the fence and wink (the vulvar lips), etc. She... Read More

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Crossing Bridges

January 01, 2008

Q: My horse Dakota is not wanting to cross a wood bridge. I walked him across plywood for about three days and had no trouble. Then I rode back to the bridge, and he wouldn't have anything to do with it. Dakota goes crazy, start... Read More

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Bad-Asses

January 01, 2008

Q: Some friends and I were discussing the heightened "territorial" aspects of long-ears (mules and donkeys) vs. horses. While I've had horses that were bred and raised out West that were more protective against "predators" such... Read More

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Best Breeding Approach

December 01, 2007

Q: For a horse reproduction project in my equine seminar course, I was trying to find video clips of horses breeding. Well, there were many on YouTube, and it took awhile to find the decent ones. But once I found some that were... Read More

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War Drum and The Basics

December 01, 2007


A horse that nearly was sent to the killers because of his dangerous habits learned "The Basics" and became a good citizen. 

No one would ever mistake War Drum for a reining horse... Read More

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Equestrian Longevity (Book Excerpt)

November 06, 2007

Regardless of your age, it's never too late to start making changes that will impact your life in positive ways. It is never too late to take the first step toward a future filled with horses, happiness, and good health.... Read More

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Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who appears to be in perfect condition, except he belches. Often.... Read More