Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Understanding Horse Behavior Might Prevent Human Injury

October 10, 2013

With improved understanding of equine behavior, riders can avoid potentially harmful horse situations.... Read More

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How Horses' Ear Direction Affects Jumping Success

October 07, 2013

Can a horse's ears predict a his responsiveness to a task such as jumping? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Are Horses a Vicious Species? Court to Decide

September 27, 2013

Connecticut horse owners anxiously await a ruling that could declare horses a naturally vicious species. ... Read More

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Is Clipping Still Stressful for Well-Behaved Horses?

September 23, 2013

Study results suggest that even if horses don't seem to mind clipping, they might still find it stressful.... Read More

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Does Feeding Hay Before Grain Reduce Cribbing?

September 19, 2013

Feeding hay before grains appeared to reduce the intensity of cribbing episodes in a recent study.... Read More

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Mules Rule Over Horses, Donkeys in Spatial Cognition Tests

September 16, 2013

Mules appear to have a faster capacity to navigate around objects than horses and donkeys, researchers say.... Read More

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Mirror, Mirror . . . I See My Horse Looking Back at Me

September 14, 2013

Two studies investigated whether women see horses as self-objects and how perceptions change as women age.... Read More

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Study: Young Horses Can't Read Subtle Human Body Cues

September 13, 2013

However, young horses were able to detect more obvious human body cues like finger-pointing.... Read More

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Grumpy Joggers

September 11, 2013

Both of my well-mannered mares try to nip at me when trotting in-hand. Is there a reason why horses do this?... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Water Bucket Half Full or Half Empty?

September 11, 2013

Researchers developed a test to find out whether horses are optimistic, pessimistic, or somewhere in between.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Respond to Negative Reinforcement

September 06, 2013

Researchers proved that horses can become "lighter" with proper negative reinforcement training.... Read More

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Water Crossing Confidence

September 04, 2013

Why do horses act so suspicious of water they cross regularly, and what can we do to build their confidence?... Read More

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Studying the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface

September 04, 2013

Researchers are studying how forces applied by saddle and rider affect a horse's performance and welfare.... Read More

"After the winter and holiday lull in training and competition, I can't wait to get back in the show ring and improve upon my results from the previous year," says Managing Editor Alexandra Beckstett.

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Improving Horse Welfare at Stock-Breed Shows

September 03, 2013

Researchers sought better understanding of the welfare concerns relating to stock-type show horses. ... Read More

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Whip Use in Elite, Non-Elite Show Jumpers

September 02, 2013

Researchers take a look at whip use by jumper riders and how it relates to performance outcomes.... Read More

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Pleasant vs. Stern Human Voice's Effect on Horses

August 30, 2013

It seems like horses respond to changes in human voice tone, but is it a coincidence? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Grandin on Keeping Horses Calm During Handling

August 26, 2013

Dr. Temple Grandin gave the keynote at the 2013 American College of Theriogenology Symposia and Conference.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Startle Response to Novel Objects

August 25, 2013

One of the most consistent indicators of equine temperament is a horse's novelty response, researchers say.... Read More

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Researchers Assess Youthful Play Behavior in Adult Horses

August 23, 2013

Researchers estimate that if a horse investigates an object for 13 seconds or more, then he is likely playing.... Read More

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Frequent Feeding Reduces Group-Housed Horses' Aggression

August 19, 2013

More frequent forage feedings for group-housed horses could lead to a balance between feeding and resting.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Forehand vs. Backhand Whip Use in Racing

August 15, 2013

Jockeys struck a simulator with significantly (approximately 15%) more force with the backhand than forehand.... Read More

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Positive, Negative Reinforcement in Horse Training Compared

August 14, 2013

Training efficacy and stress levels were similar in the negative and positive reinforcement groups. ... Read More

A cob wearing bridle fitted with pressure sensor beneath the noseband.

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Researchers Measure Horses' Noseband Pressure

August 12, 2013

Researchers recently developed two pressure detection systems to measure pressure exerted by nosebands.... Read More

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Study: T-Touch 'Positively Accepted' by Saddle Horses

August 08, 2013

Horses undergoing T-Touch exhibited fewer aggressive reactions than those experiencing massage or rest.... Read More

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2013 International Society for Equitation Science a Success

August 04, 2013

The conference brought together delegates from 14 countries to discuss equine behavior and welfare.... Read More