Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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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

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Reactions to Other Species

February 01, 2002

This might be a bit off the wall, but I hope you can help. We have had horses here at our farm off and on over the years. Since all of the kids moved out and took their horses a couple of years ago, our barn has been empty. Just recently we... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: Horseman's Day

February 01, 2002

More than 350 horse owners turned out to hear six speakers at the second annual Horseman's Day, held in conjunction with the annual AAEP convention. In almost every case, those in attendance were still raising their hands with questions when... Read More

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Does Feeding Affect Behavior?

January 01, 2002

Next time you visit your local feed and tack store, peruse the horse supplement section. Chances are you will find at least one that claims to have a "calming" effect on horses. Whether or not these supplements live up to these claims is... Read More

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How Smart is He? The Thinking Horse

December 01, 2001

I am writing a paper in my agricultural ethics class on the treatment of horses, and one of my discussions deals with the equality of horses to humans. My roommate and I were debating if horses have the... Read More

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Restraint Techniques For Horses

November 26, 2001

Veterinarians are constantly seeking ways to perform procedures on horses as quickly and safely as possible. The inherent risk with working with an unpredictable animal has caused veterinarians and handlers to develop various methods of... Read More

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When Your Horse Thinks He's a Termite...

November 01, 2001

Q: Is chewing pressure-treated wood (the green-tinged wood) dangerous for horses?

Catherine

Q: Our horses have started eating our fences and tree bark quite frequently this year.... Read More

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Stallion Sexual Behavior: When Is He Mature?

November 01, 2001

How young is too young to breed a colt? We have a coming 2-year-old who acts like he is ready to breed. We don't have any horses to breed to him, but the question came up for discussion last night among a group of guys. This colt was out... Read More

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Mating Mares Q&A

November 01, 2001

Readers ask questions of equine reproduction experts

Earlier this year, The Horse made a request to its Horse Health E-Newsletter subscribers: What questions do you have for specialists about breeding your mares? Our e-mail... Read More

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Males as Athletes

October 15, 2001

In a crowd of geldings, his presence is conspicuous. The stallion that competes in sport adds extra energy to every step. His distinctive bearing attracts the eye, and he truly displays the look of eagles. Horsemen debate the pros and cons... Read More

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Foal Rejection

October 11, 2001

To understand why foal rejection occurs and how to prevent it, you must first realize what is normal post-foaling maternal behavior.... Read More

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The Young Stallion

October 11, 2001

Envision this: In his first season, the young stallion fulfills his purpose as a breeding animal. He matures from a rambunctious colt into a skillful stud. So how do you make this dream a reality? As the handler, you want the horse to behave... Read More

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Maternal Behavior

October 11, 2001

"She can go from sweetheart to witch in a split second," is often an apt description for a broodmare with foal at side, or, in some cases, a mare which is approaching parturition. Maternal behavior in mares can range all the way from being a... Read More

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Restraint Techniques for Breeding

October 08, 2001

When a mare and a stallion meet, love might be in the air...but there's the potential for danger, too. Particularly when humans get in the middle of it all. In our efforts to orchestrate the best possible combinations of... Read More

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Horse Talk

October 05, 2001

I was judging the state 4-H team public speaking on equines this morning, and some thoughts popped into my mind. The kids really did a good job--for the most part they had practiced, had done their... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More

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Translating Equine Body Language

September 01, 2001

Horses have two basic forms of communication--vocal and body language. The more sophisticated of the two by far is body language. With a mere look, a flick of the ears, or a turn of the head, horses can communicate to each other and to us, if we... Read More

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Retraining a Rebellious Colt

September 01, 2001

We recently had a foal who is now one month old. His mother has always been easy to handle in the cross ties or harness (she is a 20-year-old retired Standardbred), but is not a horse which can be caught easily in the pasture, and she isn't... Read More

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Unpredictable Fear

August 01, 2001

I have inherited a mare that no one wants because every once in a while she spooks and bolts, big time, without warning. No one has ever been able to figure out for sure what sets her off. But she can go from normal one second to a serious... Read More

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Herd Bound Horses

July 01, 2001

I was wondering if you could help me. For a friend, I look after a 15.3-hand mare who is six years old. The horse had a fairly bad start in life as she was first abandoned in a stable, then in a field. She has luxating patellas in both hind... Read More