Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Keeping a Stallion With a Foaling Mare, or Mares

December 01, 2002

We have a mare and stallion together in a pasture. We borrowed a stallion in August just to breed this mare. They have been together since then, and we just had the mare checked for the first time since they were together and found out that... Read More

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Fly Masks

November 01, 2002

When I am bringing fly-masked horses in from the field, I feel insecure, as if it's hard to tell what they are doing. I always feel better when fall comes and the masks come off. I've talked to other people who feel the same way. Do you know... Read More

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Truck Training

November 01, 2002

I recently had a difficult time trailering my horse to a show. While loading him, we had backed the trailer up to the barn, which resulted in a situation where he became afraid of the truck/trailer by the barn area. After returning from the... Read More

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Carnivorous Horses

October 01, 2002

While taking questions from the audience at a one-day behavior program in New Zealand this May, a well-respected horse owner and trainer described behavior she had recently witnessed in a horse involving a scenario I had never heard or thought... Read More

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Behavior Symposium will Feature Natural Horsemanship

September 06, 2002

Horse owners will have the chance to saddle up alongside Robert M. Miller DVM, to experience the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort's "Natural Horsemanship" symposium offered Nov. 17-20, 2002. The event is designed to introduce equine enthusiasts to... Read More

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Stallion Mounting Behavior

September 01, 2002

I'm a veterinarian asking this question on behalf of clients who are standing a stallion at stud. The stallion isn't new to breeding or to this farm; he's in his third or fourth breeding season. He normally breeds eagerly, without hesitation... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Welfare Conference

September 01, 2002

A recent gathering of equine behavior and welfare specialists in Holar, Northern Iceland, gave scientists from around the world the opportunity to present their work and review the science underpinning management practices on the horse. The... Read More

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Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More

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Parelli Pennings: My Experience

July 08, 2002

I'm only sorry that everyone can't have the adventure in learning that I'm looking forward to this week while visiting Pat Parelli's International Center in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Two Lexington, Ky., mounted police officers and myself are heading out ... Read More

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It's In the Attitude

July 01, 2002

Man has been linked to the horse for centuries, but often in the past, it was more of an adversary relationship than a partnership. In recent years, that has changed for many horse owners. Thanks to the efforts of equine behaviorists at the... Read More

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Cribbing and Wood Chewing: Just Gotta Gnaw

July 01, 2002

Cribbing and wood chewing by horses can create problems for horse and owner alike. Wood chewing is often considered by many owners to be a rather benign vice, while cribbing more frequently is considered to be a direct threat to the horse's... Read More

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Controlling Cribbing

July 01, 2002

There is a new 3-year-old gelding in my barn. He cribs and wears a collar; the collar seems awfully tight to me. A respected friend says that the other horses might pick up this habit from this horse. Is that true? And how can I work with... Read More

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Overly Social Behavior?

June 01, 2002

Why does my son's mare seem interested in another mare in a bordering pasture? --via e-mail

Without further information, I can offer explanations for a couple of likely scenarios. If the mare is just buddying up with another mare... Read More

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Anti-Social Behavior

June 01, 2002

I am looking for some guidance on a horse I'd like to buy. He is an ex-racehorse, about eight years old, with no information on his history--not even a name.

The problem is that he kicks at other horses when ridden. He kicks... Read More

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Train Your Horse to Tie Safely

June 01, 2002

By learning from experienced horse trainers, you can be confident that your horse knows how to tie safely.... Read More

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Horse Sense Used in Making Animated Film

May 14, 2002

Most horse owners cringe when they see non-horse people trying to present equines to the public based on what they think they know. At DreamWorks, which is releasing the animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron on May 24, animators an... Read More

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Naturally Parelli

May 01, 2002

Like most people (including more than 90% of our readers), I use a computer. I can turn it on, perform tasks pertinent to my job, look things up on the Internet, print in various fonts and sizes, and accomplish my assigned tasks with little... Read More

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Trailer Loading: All Aboard

May 01, 2002

Many experts believe that more injuries occur during loading and unloading than during the trailer trips themselves. Still, getting your horse on and off of a trailer doesn't have to be risky business. With understanding, forethought, and common... Read More

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Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit... Read More

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Is He Sore, or Misbehaving?

May 01, 2002

Over the last few months, my horse has changed from a steady, reliable, and willing friend to a miserable grouch. He's an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that I have owned and used just for pleasure since he was seven years old, and I knew... Read More

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Ground vs. Breeding Mount Semen Collection

April 01, 2002

We have show pony breeding stallions, and as of last year are doing almost all shipped semen. This year we are seriously thinking about expanding our business to offer semen collection and shipping services for outside stallions, which will... Read More

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Restricting Grazing

April 01, 2002

There are some food needs that just can't be argued against: 1) Humans need popcorn plus a cola at the movies; 2) Women need chocolate anytime; 3) Horses need forage at all times. While these combinations aren't equal in terms of supplying... Read More

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Narrow Doorway Aversion

March 01, 2002

 My mare has a particular problem with doorways, like stall doorways, small barn doorways, and even to some extent with the round pen gate. Big, wide doors are no problem, but with anything about four feet wide or smaller she will... Read More

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Foal Urination and Defecation

March 01, 2002

The first urination in foals typically occurs within the first six hours for females and the first twelve hours for males. Like defecation, the first urination in foals very often occurs soon after the first nursing.... Read More

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Stallion Behavior Immunization

March 01, 2002

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone or GnRH can be thought of as the master reproductive hormone. In stallions, GnRH is responsible for initiating a hormonal cascade that stimulates production of testosterone and other hormones necessary for breeding... Read More