Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Water Temperature and Drinking Behavior

February 01, 2001

A few years ago I read an article describing research done at New Bolton Center on drinking behavior. It said that the research showed that in winter, horses prefer to drink warm water rather than ice cold water, and as a result veterinarian... Read More

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AI Training For Stallions

February 01, 2001

Given the choice, a stallion wouldn't choose to mate with man-made devices. His instincts drive him to breed a mare; yet he can learn to transfer his sexual focus to a "phantom" mare and an artificial vagina (AV). In order to train a stallion fo... Read More

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Bizarre Behavior

January 01, 2001

We have a new problem with our old family pony. Pokey is a Shetland gelding that we have had since our first of five daughters was five years old. We figured he was about 10 years old in 1978 when we got him, so he is now just over 30. Pokey... Read More

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Imprinting Foals

January 01, 2001

Editor's Note: Nothing is without controversy, especially in the equine world. Some equine behaviorists question certain aspects of Dr. Miller's theories and practices, and their opinions regarding foal "imprint training" appear below.... Read More

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Foal Eats Manure

January 01, 2001

One quick question. What about our foals that eat manure? Why do they do it? I find it completely disgusting. My little filly paws and chows down mouthfuls of fresh, warm poop.

Terry
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Till Death Do Us Part

January 01, 2001

How do horses perceive a dead horse? Do they know the deceased is not coming back?... Read More

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Rolling Along

January 01, 2001

Dear Dr. McDonnell,

Almost every time I let my horses out of the stalls after feeding them, they roll in the dirt, dust, o... Read More

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Ground Work

January 01, 2001

Dear Dr. McDonnell,

I am a 12-year-old girl who recently got a 14-year-old Quarter Horse. She is a doll, but there is just... Read More

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Teeth Grinding

January 01, 2001

What does teeth grinding mean? I think there is a horse in our barn that does it sometimes. ... Read More

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Horse Play

January 01, 2001

I have a report to do for science class on animal behavior (middle school, fifth grade). My teacher, Mr. Brennan, said to pick a favorite animal species and a favorite type of behavior. My favorite animals are wild horses, and my... Read More

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Pasture Feeding Aggression

January 01, 2001

My yearling colt came from a place where he was kept with a group of yearlings. All were fed their grain in buckets along a fence line, with the buckets hung on posts. I now have him in with one other yearling, a filly which I got at the sam... Read More

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Biter Gone Bad

January 01, 2001

We've been raising a Welsh pony for the kids. At about nine months of age, he started with constant nipping at your arm and the lead shank, kind of playing with you. We read on the Internet that this biting is a "colt thing," and that it... Read More

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Education: Human and Horse

January 01, 2001

The amazing versatility of horses can sometimes leave you in awe. A recent trip overseas brought that point home. In some places if the horse doesn’t work, the family doesn’t eat; in others horses cope with Molotov cocktails, terrorists, and... Read More

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Research: Mirrors Help Reduce Stress and Social Isolation

January 01, 2001

A research team at The Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, located near the town of Grantham in the English county of Lincolnshire, recently released the results of a study showing that horses are more content and relaxed if acrylic mirrors are... Read More

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Playful Rearing

December 01, 2000

We recently received an orphaned colt from a very reputable breeder friend who had neither the time nor facilities to raise the baby. We picked him up when he was five hours old, and he is now three weeks old. Health-wise he is doing fine. H... Read More

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Terrible or Tolerant? Training Horses for Vet Procedures

December 01, 2000

One of the most frustrating scenarios for horse owners and veterinarians is the horse that's hard to treat.... Read More

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Overcoming Obstacles Your Horse Fears

August 01, 2000

I have been enjoying a new horse for a couple of years. He is just great about everything, except crossing railroad tracks. It's so frustrating. He just will not cross. I have tried getting off and leading him across, even bribing him with... Read More

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MSPCA Prevention, And More

August 01, 2000

One goal of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for all animals in need. The group also is in the business of educating owners, and they specifically are working t... Read More

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Problem Behaviors in Pastures

June 01, 2000

I recently purchased a 4-year-old gelding. He is extremely aggressive toward my other gelding in the pasture, and I'm unable to turn them out together. I am able to turn the horse out with my pony mare and pony gelding, but he... Read More

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Mare Madness

April 01, 2000

I hear it all the time: "My mare is impossible whenever she is in heat, and, in fact, she's in heat most of the time!" or "Every time I want to do something with my mare, she's in heat; in fact, she was in heat for every single show last year!"... Read More

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Foal Handling And Restraint

March 01, 2000

This scenario is all too familiar to veterinarians; it seems like I hear it at least once a year: "I decided today would be a good day to teach my foal how to lead. We had just weaned her a few days ago, so we led her out of the stall, and she... Read More

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Equine Self Mutilation

March 01, 2000

It's a beautiful winter weekend, and finally you have a full morning to spend at the barn. You're happily grooming your horse when you notice a cluster of patches of wet hair on his side. Peculiar pattern to the wet hairs -- all are lying forwar... Read More

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Paddock Ins And Outs

January 01, 2000

Our 12-year-old gelding, Ringo, has become difficult to bring in from the pasture. He sometimes drags us through the barn door. Then he barges through the stall door and straight to his grain tub. There's almost no stopping him. For a couple... Read More

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Understanding the Young Horse

January 01, 2000

Training a young horse can be a daunting prospect for the non-professional horse owner. In Understanding The Young Horse, Les Sellnow, a lifelong horseman with a diverse background in various equestrian disciplines, provides a breaking... Read More

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Battling Mares: Fighting for Dominance

January 01, 2000

Q. Within the past three weeks, we have purchased our second miniature horse, a 10-year-old mare in foal. When the mare arrived at our farm, we assumed that she would be a good companion for our 2-year-old miniature mare. We also expected that... Read More