Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Horse Soccer?

June 07, 2009

Looking for something new to do with your horses? How about forming a "horse soccer" league!

In this author's experience, the only time this had been seen before was with the Lexington Mounted Police Unit, who use large, inflatable balls... Read More

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Trailer Loading Methods

June 01, 2009

Do you recommend a particular method for efficiently helping owners load their horses under these veterinary c... Read More

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Hawaii Horse Expo to Benefit Horse Rescue Fund

May 25, 2009

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009, sponsored in part by Mâlama Lio, a Hawaiian horse magazine, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island. Proceeds from the... Read More

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Equitation Science Group to Meet in Sydney

May 11, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney for the 5th Equitation Science Annual Conference to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial Parkland Equestrian... Read More

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More

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Feet Feud

May 01, 2009

My horse Lucky has started a behavior problem when we handle his feet. He's always been awesome about lifting... Read More

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New Herdmates

May 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse's attitude changed with his new barn. ... Read More

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Equine Diet and Behavior Link Explored

April 16, 2009

The authors found horses fed more hay displayed generally quieter behavior, and fewer stereotypic behaviors (such as cribbing or weaving), compared to horses fed infrequent and large high-starch meals.... Read More

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Equine Ulcers and Stress: Danish Study Looks at Link

April 07, 2009

It is not unusual for horses to get stomach ulcers. But how important are the ulcers? Is it because the horse is stressed that it gets stomach ulcers? And does a horse with stomach ulcers have a greater tendency to crib or have other types of abnorma... Read More

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To Breed, or Not to Breed?

April 01, 2009

Do you feel breeding can actually benefit the performance behavior?... Read More

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NARHA Celebrates 40 Years of Therapeutic Riding

March 26, 2009

Since 1969, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has provided equine assisted activity and therapy programs in the United States and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. Each year, dozens of new... Read More

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Readers Reveal Their Horses' Habits

March 10, 2009

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What 'bad habits' do your horses have?"

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Herd Instincts Revisited

March 01, 2009

(Editor's Note: Dr. McDonnell answered a reader's questions on her horse biting another in the throat in the March 2007 issue. The reader and McDonnell follow up on this interesting... Read More

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Study: Safety Measures to Minimize Injuries to Equine Vets Needed

February 22, 2009

Due to the high number of work-related serious injuries incurred by equine practitioners, Australian researchers are urging vets to identify and utilize improved safe handling practices.

"It is known that large animal veterinarians have a... Read More

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Research Sheds Light on Equine Long-Term Memory

February 20, 2009

Remember back when that umbrella popped open and spooked your horse? That might have been five or even 10 years ago, but new research into equine long-term memory (LTM) shows that your horse probably remembers those events just as well as you do... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Dam Wins Battle of the Sexes to Protect Foal

December 29, 2008

After witnessing a rare (and unsuccessful) infanticide attack by a stallion on a one-hour-old foal, behavior researcher Meeghan Gray, PhD, from the University of Nevada, Reno, reported findings from the macabre event.

"In this first report... Read More

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Animal Stress Course Finds High Interest

December 16, 2008

There is considerable interest in finding out how, and particularly why, animals react to stress the way they do. Denmark's Aarhus University reports that applications to a new PhD course, developed by two scientists from the Faculty of... Read More

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Diode Laser Treatment for Headshaking a Burning Success

December 08, 2008

California researchers aren't shy when it comes to managing headshaking in horses. According to a case report published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Jeannine Berger, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Unbalanced Behavior

December 01, 2008

Several months ago my gelding started having "tantrums" and displaying stallionlike tendencies and characteris... Read More

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Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More

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Keeping Stalled Horses Happy

November 01, 2008

No matter the reason your horse is stalled, you can keep him happy and comfortable.... Read More

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The Heartbreak of Separation Anxiety

November 01, 2008

Separating horses from their buddies can be problematic and sometimes even dangerous to horse and handler—here’s how to ease the pain of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a relatively common condition among horses,... Read More

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Cribbing: Can You Stop It?

November 01, 2008

Many horses kept in unnatural environments and subjected to the stress of performance careers resort to repetitive behaviors (called stereotypies) such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking.... Read More