Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Tranquilizers for Riding

May 22, 2014

Should tranquilizers be used to help calm a horse down so it can be ridden? ... Read More

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Study: Human Interaction Shapes Horses' Negative Emotions

May 22, 2014

One researcher says horses' negative emotions can be a direct result of how they are trained and managed.... Read More

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Prepare for Battle: Medicating Horses

May 16, 2014

It's in everyone's best interest to medicate a horse without a fight. Here's how to make medicating easier.... Read More

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Horse Won't Cross Railroad Tracks

May 15, 2014

My horse is great about nearly everything, but he will not cross railroad tracks. What can I do to help him? ... Read More

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Antsy About Urinating

May 12, 2014

My 6-year-old OTTB gets very nervous and dances around whenever he has to pee. What might cause this behavior?... Read More

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Study: Owners Might be Missing Equine Welfare Issues

May 12, 2014

French researchers recently observed that many people are missing signs of poor welfare in their horses.... Read More

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Happy and Unhappy Horses at Home

May 08, 2014

Has any research been done regarding what horses might like and dislike about their homes?... Read More

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Tying Horses 101

May 07, 2014

If your horse doesn't have tying mastered, you can help him learn with a few smart schooling strategies.... Read More

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Researchers Test 'Composite Pain Scale' for Horses

May 06, 2014

The scale includes common behaviors often seen in horses suffering from abdominal or musculoskeletal pain.... Read More

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Mare Expelled

May 05, 2014

My gelding will not let my mare get close to the other horses. What can I do to help them happily coexist?... Read More

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Bonding with a Trail Buddy

April 17, 2014

How quickly can horses bond, and what can be done to help reduce their anxiety when they're separated?... Read More

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How to Clip and Bathe Safely

April 17, 2014

Clipping and bathing can be safe, efficient, and positive experiences for you and your horse.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Longeing Lessons

April 15, 2014

Of the 797 respondents, 329 (41%) said longeing is a regular part of their horses' fitness program.... Read More

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Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior

April 13, 2014

An equine behaviorist offers tips on how to change your horse's behavior.... Read More

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Mare Aggression

April 10, 2014

My mare is very aggressive toward geldings and will kick out when they're close. Why would she react this way?... Read More

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Study: Younger Horses Appear Able to Learn by Watching

April 10, 2014

Younger, lower-ranking, and more curious horses are most likely to exhibit social learning, researchers say.... Read More

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Managing Mouthiness

April 03, 2014

My gelding is very mouthy. Should this behavior be curbed, and how can I accomplish this? ... Read More

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Recognizing Pain on a Horse's Face

April 01, 2014

European researchers created and validated a technique for quantifying horse pain based on facial expressions.... Read More

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Conn. Court Decides on Horses' Propensity to Cause Harm

March 28, 2014

The state Supreme Court skirted the issue of whether horses are by nature a vicious species in its ruling.... Read More

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Determining Personality

March 27, 2014

How can a horse purchaser check out elements of a horse's character at the purchase exam?... Read More

The work therapy horses such as Elliot perform is priceless; their health and welfare should be, as well.

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Therapeutic Riding Horse Health

March 20, 2014

Like any equine athlete, therapy horses require specialized training, care, and management. ... Read More

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Rushing a Mare During Breeding

March 20, 2014

What might be causing a stallion to mount a particular mare early, and what can be done about it?... Read More

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Kinematics of Riders' Hands and Horses' Mouths Studied

March 20, 2014

How we use our reins might give our horses signals we don't mean.... Read More

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Univ. of Florida to Offer Online Horse Care Course

March 16, 2014

The course will shed light on the science behind common horse management practices.... Read More

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Buck Brannaman on Horse Herd Behavior and Yielding Softly

March 14, 2014

Brannaman said owners need to train their horses to yield softly to their humans--including veterinarians.... Read More