Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Working Animal Welfare: Seeking Sustainable Solutions

November 06, 2009

In developing countries, working horses, donkeys, and mules are most often used for heavy labor, whether it be hauling heavy loads of cargo or carrying tourists up and down a mountain.

The animals might be suffering from... Read More

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Lexington Mounted Police to Share Training Tips with Civilian Riders

November 05, 2009

Civilian riders can earn their stripes, so to speak, by attending a presentation November 19 by the Lexington Mounted Police. The free public program offered by Alltech, sponsor of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, is entitled "Sensor... Read More

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Controversial Dressage Training Method Under FEI Investigation

November 03, 2009

Responding to public outcry following the Internet posting of a video showing an international-level dressage competitor warming up a horse using a method some call inhumane, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has... Read More

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Horse Sleep Disorders and Seizures Reviewed for Equine Vets

November 02, 2009

If you have ever witnessed a horse having a so-called "episodic event," you aren't likely to soon forget it, particularly if the event occurred while the horse was under saddle. Episodic events are defined here as unusual or... Read More

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Foaling Among Peers

November 01, 2009

We have a 20-year-old Paint mare due to foal soon. Her pasturemate is a 15-year-old open mare who has had prev... Read More

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Empty Leg and an Attitude?

November 01, 2009

Q:Please help. No matter who we talk to we can't seem to figure out what's going on with my daughter's 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding. He is losing weight, but he is eating everything in sight, and... Read More

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Mississippi State Vet Students Learn Confident Equine Handling

October 22, 2009

Some students at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine do not have any riding or handling experience with horses. Bob Linford, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, a veterinary surgeon and professor, uses his experience as a teacher... Read More

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2009 Manitoba Youth Equine Extravaganza Features Two Clinicians

October 08, 2009

A large crowd of youth and youth group leaders are expected to attend the 2009 Youth Extravaganza, a weekend of equine activities and attractions. The Youth Extravaganza, co-hosted by the Manitoba 4-H Program and North American Equine Ranching... Read More

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Mares' Social Bonds Might Enhance Reproductive Success

October 07, 2009

Mares that form close social bonds with other mares have improved pregnancy, foal birth, and foal survival rates, said a group of researchers studying wild herds in the North Island of New Zealand. The mares' enhanced reproductive... Read More

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Study: Horse Whinnies Packed with Information

October 05, 2009

Through their whinnies, horses convey specific information about their identities, including sex, height, and weight, according to French researchers. Acoustic analyses of whinnies and the reactions of horses to various recorded whinnies also... Read More

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Retired Racehorse Training Project to Debut in Maryland

October 01, 2009

Both the Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association are supporting a new project to train Maryland riders to work with ex-racehorses.

Maryland trainer Steuart Pittman, Jr. of Dodon Farm in Davidsonville is kicking off... Read More

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Dominance Issues

October 01, 2009

I have a 2-year-old Fox Trotter gelding that seems to always be in a bad mood. He hardly ever puts his ears f... Read More

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Gelding Still Acting Like a Stallion

October 01, 2009

Q: My friend has a 14-year-old gelding who was gelded late (I'm not sure how late, but he did sire some foals) and is pastured with a 23-year-old mare. Last spring they were fine pastured together. This spring, however,... Read More

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Study Sheds Doubt on Marbles' Effect on Mare Heat Cycles

September 26, 2009

Many people have offered solutions to overcome the problems of inconsistent performance while mares are in heat. One method popular with owners today is the implantation of marbles as glass intrauterine devices (IUDs).

"The original paper... Read More

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Racehorse Retraining Symposium Coming to Maryland

September 14, 2009

A training symposium focusing on retraining the retired racehorse will be offered by professional three-day event rider and clinician Steuart Pittman Oct. 4 in Crownsville, Md.

The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the skills that a... Read More

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Bitless Bridles Touted as Safer Alternative for Horses in New Study

September 12, 2009

Previous studies evaluating the behavioral responses of horses to different types of bridles found that horses perform at least as well, if not better, with a bitless bridle than a jointed snaffle.

To probe deeper into the issue, Robert... Read More

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Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More

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Weaving Worries

September 01, 2009

I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently obtained him and noticed lameness in the right f... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Caballos Reaccionan al Latido Cardiaco del Humano

September 01, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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Tongue Troubles

September 01, 2009

I have a filly who occasionally will stick her tongue out the side and loll it at times when I do ground train... Read More

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Compulsive Urinating on Hay

September 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell works with reader whose horse urinates on his hay as a marking behavior. ... Read More

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Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

August 31, 2009

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses ... Read More

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Racetrack Veterans Look for Luck in Odd Customs and Beliefs

August 30, 2009

In the modern world of speed figures, tracking devices, and sheets handicapping, just about any racetracker will tell you making it into the hallowed ground of the winner's circle might depend more on cats, birds, bugs, peanuts, popcorn, and... Read More

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Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

August 26, 2009

The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic... Read More

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Horses Read Human Body Cues, Researchers Say

August 19, 2009

Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them,... Read More