Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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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

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Anabolic Steroids or Confidence?

November 01, 2008

How long do the effects of steroids last after they are given to the horse? ... Read More

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Can Horses 'Herd' Across a Fence?

November 01, 2008

I know horses like to "herd" with one another, but how close do horses have to be to feel comfortable? ... Read More

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New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Racehorse Ready to Run After Bout with Ataxia

October 02, 2008

Racehorse owners Suzanne VanderSalm and Ellen Bennett of Hickory Corners, Mich., weren't about to give up on Navigator, their Thoroughbred who became ataxic (incoordinated) suddenly as a yearling three years ago. VanderSalm had come home from... Read More

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Seeing Stars

October 01, 2008

I have a Quarter Horse mare that stares into lights. She does this with both electric lights and the sun or m... Read More

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Imprint-Trained Trotting Filly Passes $1 Million Mark

September 21, 2008

Buck I St. Pat has been trotting along the road to glory since she was two days old.

That was the first time that breeder Ron Fuller, DVM, hooked the Standardbred filly to an old goat cart and let her pull it around. "They'll follow their... Read More

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Equid Emotions and Laterality: Is there a Connection?

September 01, 2008

Does your horse give "dirty" looks? Rather than trying to read his expression, you might be able get some clues about how your horse really feels about objects by paying attention to which eye he uses to observe them. French... Read More

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Mare Instinct After Loss

September 01, 2008

After several years of pasture breeding, we are having our first experience with a stillbirth. ... Read More

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Aligning Training with Horse Behavior

August 27, 2008

Along with researching drugs, treatments, and techniques to keep your horse healthy, equine researchers are discovering how handling and training methods can be brought more in line with horses' natural behaviors and instincts for a more harmonious... Read More

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Tracking Young Horse Reactions on Different Feeds

August 22, 2008

Young horses might be easier to train if they temporarily lay off the sweets, according to a study. ... Read More

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Behavior: Strong Reaction to Strangers

August 01, 2008

Q: I have a 5-year-old headstrong mare with whom I have a good, solid bond. She works well on the ground and is a dream under saddle for me. She does not like strangers coming into the barn, and she counts my boarder's farrier and... Read More