Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Addressing Unwanted Behavior in Performance Mares

June 16, 2017

Unwanted behavior can have a significant impact on mares' and fillies' performance across a range of competition events.... Read More

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It's All in the Genes: Horse Traits and Heritability

June 13, 2017

Scientists are continuing to uncover which genes are responsible for certain traits in horses.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horses and Water Crossings

June 06, 2017

Of the 820 respondents, 396 (48%) said they are confident that their horses would cross water. ... Read More

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The Clinical Signs of Equine Colic

June 05, 2017

Learn to identify these common and important signs of colic in horses--doing so might save your horse's life.... Read More

Fans selected this photo, submitted by Sarah Borns, as our Don't Spook! photo contest winner.

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TheHorse.com Announces Don't Spook! Contest Winner

June 02, 2017

TheHorse.com Facebook fans selected Sarah Borns' photo as the overall winner of the Don't Spook! contest.... Read More

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Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

June 02, 2017

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem.... Read More

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Equitation Science Society Position on Training Techniques

May 26, 2017

The International Equine Science Society released a statement on techniques that could compromise horse welfare.... Read More

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Study Confirms Kicks From Shod Horses Can Damage Bone

May 17, 2017

Metal shoes have a greater risk of damaging bone during a kick than polyurethane shoes or barefoot hooves.... Read More

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Why is This Horse Rearing?

May 05, 2017

A behaviorist offers feedback about a Facebook fan's video of a rearing horse. Her take? Aggressive rearing is unsafe.... Read More

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Enter The Horse's "Don't Spook!" Contest!

May 03, 2017

Is your horse an expert spooker? Enter The Horse's contest for a chance to win! ... Read More

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Habituation vs. Learned Helplessness in Horses

May 03, 2017

Learn about a welfare-friendly way to desensitize horses.... Read More

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Troubleshooting Trailer Loading: One Step at a Time

April 20, 2017

Consider these four behavior-science-based approaches to help your horse load safely.... Read More

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Subtle Signs of Improper Saddle Fit

April 16, 2017

A saddle fitter shares some early warning signs that your tack and your horse's back aren't meshing.... Read More

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Recognizing Pain in Stoic Horses

April 13, 2017

Some horses readily express their discomfort. Others are quieter. Learn to look for subtle signs of pain in your horse.... Read More

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How to Teach a Horse to Cross Water

April 07, 2017

Dr. Robin Foster offers a step-by-step guide to teach a horse to step into bodies of water without drama.... Read More

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2017 Equitation Science Conference Taking Place Nov. 22-25

April 06, 2017

The conference will be held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.

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Fixing Treatment Aversion in Horses

April 02, 2017

An equine behaviorist offers tips on managing potentially stressful situations to which horses might react adversely.... Read More

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Special Shirt, Girth Help Evaluate Horse, Human Interaction

March 31, 2017

Riders might soon be able to monitor their horses' physiological emotional responses and compare them with their own.... Read More

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Do Horses Remember Each Other?

March 30, 2017

The answer might surprise you. ... Read More

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Researchers Look to the Numbers to Improve Equine Welfare

March 30, 2017

Scientists looked at four years of data to try to predict facilities' compliance with animal welfare legislation.... Read More

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Older Creature Comforts

March 23, 2017

I'm concerned about my senior horse's mental happiness. How can I keep him comfortable and happy?... Read More

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Mares Behaving Badly: Is it Estrus or Something Else?

March 17, 2017

Find out if your mare's frustrating antics are due to estrus, and learn about ways to keep them in check. ... Read More

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Scientists Study Facial Expressions of Pain in Ridden Horses

March 05, 2017

Ridden horses express pain through facial behaviors differently from horses at rest, one researcher says.... Read More

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Tired or in Trouble?

March 01, 2017

Is it cause for concern if a horse lies down frequently? ... Read More

Horses respond distinctly to different caretakers and appear to anticipate people's moves.

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Thinking Like a Horse

February 05, 2017

By gaining a better understanding of how horses associate and learn, can we train them more effectively and ethically?... Read More