Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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History of the Horse

March 03, 2005

There are many scientists who have studied and theorized about how man and horses came to be together.... Read More

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Police Horses: Taking It to the Streets

March 03, 2005

Bands march past with trumpets blaring and drums banging, and the horse hardly twitches an ear. A mother pushes her baby stroller under the neck of the horse unknowingly while asking for directions, and the horse merely glances down, never movin... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: The Grab Bag

March 03, 2005

Stopping Equine Aggression With An Electronic Collar

"Aggressive behavior in horses is expensive," said Michelle A. Kennedy, DVM, a private practitioner in Delta, Colo. Veterinary expense, property damage, loss of use of affected... Read More

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Stallion Washing Aversion

March 01, 2005

My husband and I run a business of shipping semen from a few stallions that we board. We have some started ourselves, and some have started elsewhere. Most of them do really well with our simple collection routine. We bring them to the breeding... Read More

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Stopping Aggression Problems With an Equine Shock Collar

February 14, 2005

To determine whether equine shock collars could eliminate aggressive behavior, Kennedy looked at a group of 15 horses that were either aggressive toward a new horse in the pasture, aggressive toward a horse on the opposite side of a fence... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Women's Reproductive Cycles

February 01, 2005

Do horses (stallions) respond to women's reproductive cycles? I work with a group of stallions, and some days they seem more interested in me. They come right up to me and seem to sniff at me. Could it be in response to my period or to... Read More

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Bits: Pain in the Mouth

February 01, 2005

The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. If a bit is causing pain or discomfort... Read More

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Men vs. Women Handlers

January 01, 2005

Your answer to the question about the fellow with the peculiar method of "dominating stallions" (December 2003, www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=4749) led to a very long... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers

January 01, 2005

"Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a challenging and time-consuming effort over many sessions and even a few weeks," said Sue McDonnell, PhD, a Certified Applied... Read More

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Breeding Your Stallion On Cue

January 01, 2005

Our stallion has a great pedigree, and we have kept him intact hoping he could eventually become a breeding stallion. We’ve put a lot of effort into getting him to show well enough to be worth breeding. He has always done really well except for... Read More

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General Social Organization of Equids

December 22, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from The Equid Ethogram--A Practical Field Guide to Horse Behavior by Sue McDonnell, PhD. The book is available from Read More

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Nutritional Link to Equine Behavior

December 01, 2004

Today's equine management practices can be a recipe for disaster. For a horse, stall life and two meals a day might be like living in a prison, and that lifestyle might contribute to delinquencies and health problems in horses.

"These... Read More

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Sleeping Patterns

December 01, 2004

I think my 11-year-old mare isn't getting enough sleep. My mother and I have seen her start to fall asleep in her paddock and in her stall during the day. Her eyes begin to close, her lower lip hangs loose, and her head slowly lowers. When it... Read More

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Seven Deadly Sins

December 01, 2004

No matter a horse's talent, if he consistently engages in difficult, damaging, or dangerous behavior, he risks being found guilty of being a "problem horse." He then will serve time wearing uncomfortable devices designed to break or hinder an... Read More

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My Horse Will Eat/Drink...

December 01, 2004

Even though horses are primarily forage eaters, many also seem to like candy, soft drinks, and even meat.... Read More

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Behavior, Good and Bad?

December 01, 2004

What makes our horses "acceptable" to us, even when they might not be "acceptable" to another owner? As someone who has taken her share of bucks, falls, bounces, and near-misses, at this stage in my life I'm not looking for a new "challenge" or ... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

November 16, 2004

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a... Read More

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Using the Twitch Properly

November 01, 2004

I attended a short course on horse behavior at New Bolton Center where you explained how a twitch works and your recommendations for how to use it most effectively. It seemed to make so much sense why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't,... Read More

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Practical and Safe Horse Handling

October 12, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More

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Troopers Instruct Iraqi Horse Handlers

October 06, 2004

Trading computers and badges for saddles and spurs has provided a welcome break for troopers of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment working with Saddam Hussein’s former horses at the Baghdad Zoo.

After... Read More

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Breaking A Young Horse

October 01, 2004

My husband and I recently broke my 3-year-old mare to ride. The first few times she rode like a dream, then she caught on to the idea that when we catch her, she has to work, and she has gotten a bad attitude. Her new antics include bucking. I'v... Read More

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Spooking on Trail

October 01, 2004

I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare. When trail riding, she looks for every opportunity to jump, spook, or take off, especially now that my other horse, her companion, no longer accompanies her. The companion is 30 years old, and due to a recent... Read More

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Water Crossing

October 01, 2004

How can I get my horse to cross through water when I'm riding him on trail? He refuses to even get his feet wet.           via e-mail


For horses that are afraid... Read More

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Tying and Hobbling

September 21, 2004

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Temperament: Buying the Right Horse for the Trail

September 08, 2004

In a discussion of proper temperament in a trail horse, words like "solid" and "steady" come to mind. You want a horse that will carry you over a trail with little to no fuss or fidgeting--a horse that is solid and steady in the bridle... Read More