Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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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

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Evolution: Characteristics Dependent on Geography, Climate

June 01, 2005

Research suggests that horses' size, diet, and distance traveled depended on external factors.... Read More

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Trail Riding: Position in a Group

May 18, 2005

Does your horse walk along quietly with at least a horse length between him and the horse in front, or does he want to tailgate the lead horse without watching where he places his feet? You want a horse that is comfortable anywhere in a group... Read More

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Is My Horse Psychotic?

May 01, 2005

I bought my gelding as a stallion from a local sulky racetrack a year ago (where he never got out of his stall except for training). He had just turned three and was very excitable, so we had him gelded. After several months, he seemed to calm... Read More

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Happy Trails Selected as 2004 Book of the Year Finalist

April 13, 2005

Happy Trails: Your Complete Guide to Fun and Safe Trail Riding has been selected as a ForeWord Magazine 2004 Book of the Year Award finalist in the Adventure & Recreation category. Written by longtime journalist and horseman Les... Read More

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Tips On Natural Horsemanship

April 01, 2005

Training has come a long way since the days when the term "breaking a horse" could have very well meant just that. Everything from sacking out, a process by which a horse is tied and hobbled before being pummeled with empty burlap bags meant to... Read More

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Weaving in Horses: Another Look

April 01, 2005

In this time of enlightened horse management, it is staggering that the myths and folklore surrounding stable "vices" still refuse to die, and therefore the repetitive behaviors themselves continue to thrive. Even the term "vice" implies the... Read More

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History of the Horse

March 03, 2005

There are many scientists who have studied and theorized about how man and horses came to be together.... Read More

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Police Horses: Taking It to the Streets

March 03, 2005

Bands march past with trumpets blaring and drums banging, and the horse hardly twitches an ear. A mother pushes her baby stroller under the neck of the horse unknowingly while asking for directions, and the horse merely glances down, never movin... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: The Grab Bag

March 03, 2005

Stopping Equine Aggression With An Electronic Collar

"Aggressive behavior in horses is expensive," said Michelle A. Kennedy, DVM, a private practitioner in Delta, Colo. Veterinary expense, property damage, loss of use of affected... Read More

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Stallion Washing Aversion

March 01, 2005

My husband and I run a business of shipping semen from a few stallions that we board. We have some started ourselves, and some have started elsewhere. Most of them do really well with our simple collection routine. We bring them to the breeding... Read More