Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Herd Instincts: Sparring

March 26, 2007

My horse was seen biting another horse in the throat. They were up on their hind legs supposedly playing when all of a sudden my horse made a very unusual move, according to the witness, and bit the other horse in the throat. The other horse ran an... Read More

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Horse Management and Care (AAEP 2006)

March 01, 2007

Various horse management and health care tips offered by equine professionals at the AAEP 2006 Convention.... Read More

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Understanding Horses: Basics #2 and #3

March 01, 2007

Last month we started talking about the three things every horse needs to know to make his rider happy. My hero, champion reining horse owner and trainer Dick Pieper, told me I had been making the training of my horses way too complicated. "You... Read More

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More

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Overexcited Stallion

February 01, 2007

I have a stallion that "saucers" (exhibits glans penis enlargement) prior to mounting. Any suggestions?... Read More

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Keeping Stallions Focused

February 01, 2007

I'm a veterinary student from the United Kingdom and have been riding with a stud farm veterinarian in America going from place to place. I am trying to figure out the art of handling stallions for breeding. Can you please enlighten me on the... Read More

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Understanding Horses: Basic Movement #1

February 01, 2007

Champion reining horse owner/trainer Dick Pieper is my hero. I was showing and winning, but I wasn't completely happy with my reiners. In less than an hour under Dick's tutelage, I learned more than I had in the last 20 years. He said I was making... Read More

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Orphans and Families

January 26, 2007

I wanted to share with you a horse behavior experience that I had after I lost my best broodmare. "Janet" died overnight on May 30, 2006, at age 22. She looked remarkably great for her age, so we were breeding her back to our stallion. She was... Read More

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What's Wrong? (Understanding Horses)

January 01, 2007

How do you tell if a horse has a physical, behavioral, or a training problem? Once you rule out a physical condition, are the other two options that different from one another?

Andy Anderson, DVM, grew up training, riding, and showing... Read More

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Take Time to Analyze Bad Bit Manners

December 24, 2006

The average horse weighs at least five or six times the average human adult. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict who's going to win if they get into a pulling contest.

Humans who find themselves in pulling matches with... Read More

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Stallion-like Behaviors

December 01, 2006

I castrated my gelding at 17 months (November 2005). A veterinarian with 35 years of experience showed me the epididymides. My mare had her first heat cycle in March (2006). He mounted and bred her as if he was a stallion. Every time she is in heat... Read More

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Bringing Home a New Horse

December 01, 2006

Bringing home a newly purchased horse can be a stressful event for you and the horse, particularly for the horse. While you might feel a certain amount of stress, your new horse will be experiencing it twofold. After all, he's the one that has been... Read More

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Michigan State Offering Online Horse Behavior and Welfare Course

November 16, 2006

Every horse owner has at some time wished that his or her steed could suddenly turn into Mr. Ed and talk about its likes, dislikes, pains, and fears. Because that's not likely to happen, a new online educational program is available to help hors... Read More

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Gelding Herding Mares

November 01, 2006

Is it possible to change a horse's aggressive behavior? Specifically, I am wondering if there is any information relating to reinforcement contingencies and transfer of learning from a "human-handled" situation to a free-running setting?

The... Read More

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Study Formulates Method for Reducing Fearfulness

October 30, 2006

Desensitization, the gradual introduction of a new stimulus, might be the most effective way to reduce fearfulness and reactivity in horses, according to a recent study by Danish and Swedish researchers.

The scientists examined three method... Read More

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New Evidence of Early Horse Domestication

October 24, 2006

Soil from a site in Kazakhstan has yielded new evidence for domesticated horses up to 5,600 years ago.... Read More

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Five Reasons Veterinarians Should Consider Behavior

October 15, 2006

Whether a horse's bizarre behavior is an indicator of a medical condition, vice versa, or he's just behaving badly, a veterinarian should consider a patient's behavior examining him, according to an article published in the September issue of th... Read More

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To Stall, or Not to Stall?

October 14, 2006

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo... Read More

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"Cribbing Rings" Give Stall Walls and Fences a Break

October 13, 2006

A relatively new procedure to remedy cribbing in horses is performed by some equine practitioners. Kate Christensen, DVM, with Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in Wendell, N.C., practices the innovative procedure, which is the insertion of... Read More

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Here's Looking at You

October 09, 2006

Different breeds of horses examine novel objects using different dominant eyes, according to researchers from the Universite de Rennes in France. Their observations of horses' reactions can also help horse handlers interpret whether a horse is... Read More

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Can Horses be Despooked? Upcoming Study to Investigate Fear Response

October 05, 2006

There is a lack of knowledge about the reaction of horses when they are frightened, but scientists at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences are now attempting to do something about this. The knowledge acquired may be used to help prevent... Read More

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Stallion Handling Course for Veterinarians and Stallion Owners Available

October 04, 2006

The Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab and the Section of Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center is offering a stallion handling course for veterinarians, stallion owners, and managers. The two-day course will focus on... Read More

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Rearing and Flipping

October 01, 2006

We have a Quarter Horse mare whose mother was a bad flipper in the starting gate. She has two half-brothers that were also bad in the gate. All of these offspring were trained by different individuals. This spring, she had a filly that tried to fli... Read More

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Personality in Horses

September 27, 2006

How can you predict adult temperament? There is no established battery of tests of character and temperament for horses yet. Many savvy trainers will take a horse, work with him, and get a good idea.... Read More

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Temperament and Being Alert (Book Excerpt)

September 06, 2006

Look for a horse that's alert to its surroundings and pays special attention to unusual objects. This is where the subtlety comes in. You want the horse to be observant, but you don't want it to become agitated and frightened when it sees something... Read More