Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Sexual Misbehavior Vaccine?

April 01, 2006

I am looking into ways to settle down a colt that is showing full-blown sexual interest already at a 1 1/2 years of age. He's just too much for us to handle, but we are not ready to geld him. If you try to correct him when he's all excited, he... Read More

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Tying and Hobbling Horses (Book Excerpt)

March 22, 2006

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Cribbing Weanling

March 01, 2006

I have a client with a foal that was weaned a few days ago, and it has started cribbing. Within only a few hours after it was separated from the mare, it was seen doing something funny that the owners now appreciate was cribbing. Once they... Read More

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The Therapy Horse: An Integral Player

March 01, 2006

Therapeutic riding is for people of all ages with various disabilities, and it has become very popular. For horses, however, the invitation is much more re-stricted. There are specialized expectations of a horse used in therapeutic riding. If... Read More

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Horses and Wild Animals

March 01, 2006

Throughout their existence, horses have been prey animals. Predators have been pursuing and feasting on them for eons, and they continue doing so today, despite the fact that domestication of the horse and the spread of civilization in general... Read More

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Weaving, Headshaking and Cribbing (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

We often punish horses for exhibiting undesirable stereotypic behaviors, but most of these behaviors are responses to suboptimal environments. Thus, punishing the horse for the behavior only increases the already heightened stress that caused ... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Physical, Psychological, or Both?

February 17, 2006

When your horse's behavior changes, you wonder what caused the change--did he start kicking his stall because he is in pain, or just because he hates his new stablemate? Behavior changes can stem from physical problems, psychological ones, or a... Read More

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Foal Imprinting -- Research Review

February 17, 2006

While horse owners worldwide want a simple answer to the question of whether foal imprinting works or not, it's hard to give a simple answer to what really isn't a simple question. This was the message of an imprinting research review presented... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Equine Learning Ability

February 17, 2006

"Until recently, horses have been estimated to have average intelligence at best," said Evelyn B. Hanggi, MS, PhD, president and, along with Jerry Ingersoll, co-founder of the Equine Research Foundation (ERF) in Aptos, Calif., during her review... Read More

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Stallion Handling (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

A stallion handler must be able to focus the stallion's mind on him, as well as the mare, and make him wait for instructions. This cannot be achieved through fear or abusiveness, but through training basic cues and maneuvers to the stallion before he... Read More

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Pony Girthing/Mounting Issues

February 01, 2006

My 11-year-old daughter is having trouble with her pony nipping at her when she is girthing him, and when she goes to mount without an assistant. He also smacks his tail and pins his ears, almost looking like he might cow-kick at her sometimes.... Read More

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Why Veterinarians Get Kicked

February 01, 2006

It comes as no surprise that a Swiss study of kick injuries to veterinarians found that the risk of injury to veterinarians treating horses is highest when performing painful procedures on the horse. In the study, Sabina Jaeggin, assistant at th... Read More

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Licking/Chewing=Learning?

December 01, 2005

I'm studying for an MSc in Equine Science and am researching equine behavior. Having studied scientific literature, including your catalog of horse behavior (The Equid Ethogram, A Practical Field Guide to Horse Behavior), I cannot find any... Read More

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Horse Personality Researcher Seeks Subjects

November 15, 2005

An English researcher wants to provide a reliable and accurate way of identifying the personality of individual horses. Adele Lloyd, MSc, a Moulton College research associate based in Northampton (Central England), wants to study whether a horse... Read More

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Keeping Horses in Harems

November 01, 2005

I am a veterinarian in Atlanta with a special interest in behavior. I also own and raise Arabian horses. I have a 2 1/2-year-old stallion, and I would like to keep him in a harem situation. He is now pastured with another gelding and is quite... Read More

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Kicking Problems

November 01, 2005

My horse constantly kicks his stall, and in the pasture he's very rough with other horses, biting and kicking them. How can I stop this behavior?          Jess; Boulder, Colo.

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Deliberate Abuse?

October 01, 2005

I hope you remember me from psychology graduate school back in the early '80s. Time flies. Anyway, I still have horses and enjoy your contributions on behavior to The Horse magazine and web site. Sometimes I wish I had gone into horse or dog... Read More

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Transportation Trio: Kicking and Pawing

September 01, 2005

Why would my horse kick the lorry (van or truck) and paw at the floor, both with company or when alone?... Read More

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Transportation Trio: Runny Nose and Cough

September 01, 2005

Every time we trailer our horse, he arrives with a cough and runny nose. Our vet has suggested that he is sensitive to the dust from bedding in the trailer or bits of hay from the hay net bouncing around in front of his nose. It has been... Read More

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Transportation Trio: Loading Trick

September 01, 2005

I found an amateur video clip in our tack room and nobody knows where it came from. It shows an amazing demonstration of loading two horses on a trailer. The horses, without a lead or halter, went right into the trailer, one after the other, whe... Read More

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Eating Poop

August 01, 2005

Our first foal is 10 days old and has already been spotted eating manure. We have accepted the fact that eating manure is normal foal behavior and are trying to ignore it. A quick question: When should he get over this behavior? via e-mail... Read More

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Barn Aversion

August 01, 2005

 Our elderly Connemara gelding was unfortunately exposed in his stable to multiple bee stings on more than one occasion over a period of two weeks before the problem was figured out and fixed. He used to be very calm and content in the stable,... Read More

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Horses Still Learn While Tranquilized

August 01, 2005

You can teach a tranquilized horse, concluded Samantha Griffith, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science at Auburn University, in a study she presented at the Equine Science Society Symposium May 31-June 3 in Tucson, Ariz.

Sh... Read More

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Trail Riding: Teaching Water Crossing

June 08, 2005

Remember that abuse is never the answer. The proper approach is firm, unrelenting but gentle pressure until the horse decides he at least has to try crossing the troublesome obstacle to regain a comfort zone.... Read More

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Finding a Stallion Handler

June 01, 2005

We have expanded our semen collection/shipping facility, so we can now keep up to eight stallions in residence and accommodate local stallions trailering in just for semen collection as needed through the season. In the past we have depended upo... Read More