Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Study: Rein Tension Varies Between Riders, Affects Horses' Gaits

August 13, 2010

You know what it means to apply light contact with the bit, but have you ever wondered if your interpretation is the same as other riders’? And how strong is "strong contact," exactly? What kinds of effects do these different ha... Read More

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Spatial Reasoning and Laterality Affect Riding Horses' Behavior

August 12, 2010

"Can't go over it, can't go under it, have to go around it." No, your horse isn't on a bear hunt; he's on a bucket hunt, trying to reach his food around an experimental barrier. Italian equitation science researchers s... Read More

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Defensive Horsemanship Keeps Owners Safe when Working with Horses

August 09, 2010

A person who practices defensive horsemanship is less likely to be hurt while handling a horse, Robert M. Miller, DVM, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., said at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association meeting July 31-Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Ga.... Read More

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Equitation Science Symposium Emphasizes Horse Welfare and Human Safety

August 03, 2010

Rein tension, saddle and seat pressure, training rewards and reinforcement, and the evaluation of stress and emotions in riding horses were some of the main topics at this year's International Equitation Science Symposium held July 31&ndash... Read More

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Sedative, Analgesic, and Anesthetic Usage in Horses

July 27, 2010

How much do veterinarians use sedatives, analgesics (painkillers), and general anesthetics in horses? Veterinarians at The Ohio State University surveyed members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to find out.... Read More

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The Equestrian Athlete (Excerpt from Riding For Life)

July 19, 2010

If you're a seasoned equestrian, you know how physically demanding and mentally challenging riding can be. Even if you're a newcomer to the sport, it probably didn't take you long to realize riding is much more than just sitting on a horse.... Read More

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Ways to Wean Young Horses

July 01, 2010

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Weaning a foal can be painful or painless, depending on how you do it.... Read More

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Studies Track Horses' Movement Patterns

June 15, 2010

Where the wild horses roam free, daily hoof tracks can be followed for miles. Now thanks to new, lightweight GPS technology, Australian researchers are no longer following tracks but recording satellite signals from various wild horse herds as well ... Read More

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Study Explores How Horses View the World

June 14, 2010

On the trail, in the dressage arena, at the racetrack, on the cross-country train--wherever horses may be, we've all seen it: the "Spook"--that sudden, bolting reaction of shock so particular to our equine friends. It might be bec... Read More

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Pasturing Stallions Together Can Work, Says Study

June 08, 2010

Behavior Quiz: If you put five breeding stallions together in an open pasture, what do you get? A) the Kentucky Derby, minus the jockeys, B) a new pro basketball team, or C) dramatic chaos?

Believe it or not, according to a new study... Read More

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Rescued Horses: Looking For A Universal Companion

June 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us how to choose rehabilitation companions for rescued horses.... Read More

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Mares Choose Genetic Diversity in a Mate

May 27, 2010

When it comes to forming couples, do opposites really attract? Or does it boil down to chemistry? New research in Switzerland suggests that, at least for horses, both of these phenomena play into the process of selecting mates. The reactions of... Read More

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Does Hand-Feeding Treats Promote Biting?

May 01, 2010

I am a novice horse handler/rider. I've been told that hand-feeding treats to horses promotes biting. What is ... Read More

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Isolated Yearlings Learn Better, Says French Study

April 26, 2010

When a yearling is separated for a few days from other horses for practical reasons, it's a great opportunity to get in some good quality training with that youngster, according to a new study by French equine behavior researchers.

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Basic Horse Temperament and Behavior (Book Excerpt)

April 06, 2010

Those who have worked with different breeds of horses almost always have their opinion as to basic temperament and behavioral characteristics of certain breeds. Few would not agree that in general the warmblooded breeds, such as Thoroughbreds a... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Equine Vision: Impact on Trail Behavior (Book Excerpt)

April 02, 2010

Once you learn how the equine eye functions, you'll better understand your horse's actions. And you'll have insight managing your trail horse when it becomes skittish for no apparent reason.... Read More

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More

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Tongue Lolling

April 01, 2010

My Friesian filly will sometimes try to bite at her chest and stick her tongue out when I saddle her.... Read More

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Posture, Behaviors Indicate Horse Well-Being

March 13, 2010

If a horse spends most of his time standing in the same position in his stall, would you say he's just bored? And what about a mare that threatens to bite when you approach her stall--is she vicious?

The latest behavior research ... Read More

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Behavioral Abnormalities Discussed by Vets

March 12, 2010

A lively Table Topic discussion on Equine Behavioral Abnormalities was held at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Eye Position and Animal Agility Study Published

March 07, 2010

New research from scientists in Liverpool has revealed the relationship between agility and vision in mammals. The study, published in February in the Journal of Anatomy, sampled 51 species to compare the relationship between agility and... Read More

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Horse Stereotypies Vary by Discipline, Researchers Say

March 04, 2010

Some horses crib, some weave, some chew wood. Some have many in-stall habits, while others have practically none. But these equine stereotypies are not as random as they might seem. According to recent findings from an equine behavior research ... Read More

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First Steps for Foal Handling

March 01, 2010

Discussion of the many ways to teach young horses/foals to submit to humans; from imprinting to halter training, tying, grooming, and much more.... Read More

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Student Research on Horse Behavior

March 01, 2010

Q: I am a third-year veterinary student at Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. I am working on a paper for my Equine Health Management class, and I am focusing on equine behavioral stereotypies (cribbing, weaving, stall/box walking) and pasturing...... Read More