Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Behavior Contest Winner: An Obsessive Licker

November 02, 2016

Our "Why Does My Horse Do That?" winner wants to know why her mare's buddy licks the mare after meals.... Read More

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Safe Horse Handling for Vet Techs

October 23, 2016

Here's what to remember when handling horses for procedures to keep the veterinarian, patient, and yourself safe.... Read More

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An Equine Simulator: The New First Horse?

October 20, 2016

Researchers say using a simulator could allow novice riders to train in a safe environment and safeguard equine welfare.... Read More

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Unbridled Discomfort

October 12, 2016

My horse is "reverse bridle shy." What can I do to help this habit?... Read More

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Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable.... Read More

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Horse Sellers' Disclosure Obligation

October 06, 2016

What behavioral or health information do you need to share when selling a horse?... Read More

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The Science Behind 'Licking and Chewing' in Horses

October 05, 2016

What does "licking and chewing" really mean? ... Read More

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Enter TheHorse.com's "Why Does My Horse Do That?" Contest

October 02, 2016

A video of your horse's behavior could win an evaluation by Dr. Sue McDonnell and a prize pack from Zylkene Equine.... Read More

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All Wound Up: Is Your Horse 'Stressed Out'?

October 02, 2016

Physiological stress can be an important equine welfare issue. Here's what you should know.... Read More

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Spontaneous Rearing and Food Aggression in Horses

September 22, 2016

One mare's rearing habit around her owner might be play initiation. ... Read More

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Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

September 15, 2016

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Horses Learning From Each Other

September 13, 2016

The majority of respondents said they've used more experienced horses to help inexperienced ones through new situations.... Read More

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Castration: A Crucial Part of Responsible Ownership

September 13, 2016

Being a responsible horse owner involves deciding if and when castration is appropriate. ... Read More

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2016 BEVA Congress: Thursday's Top Tweets

September 08, 2016

Top take-homes from presentations on laminitis, grass sickness, atypical myopathy, sedation, and more.... Read More

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Study: Poor Equine Welfare, 'Pessimism' Linked

September 02, 2016

Factors such as constant individual stabling and restricted feeding can make horses less optimistic, researchers found.... Read More

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Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

September 01, 2016

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being.... Read More

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10 Anxious Horse Resources on TheHorse.com

August 25, 2016

Get tips on steps you can take to help soothe your horse's nerves and create a safer environment for everyone involved.... Read More

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Noseband Tightness in Competition Evaluated

August 25, 2016

Many nosebands were so tight that even the tip of the measuring gauge could not fit under at the frontal nasal plane.... Read More

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Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

August 23, 2016

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn.... Read More

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Can We Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

August 18, 2016

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity.... Read More

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Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

August 11, 2016

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

August 08, 2016

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training.... Read More

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Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... Read More

Horses learn to associate movements (such as backing up) with the release of pressure (the handler stops tapping the whip), which in horse training circles is known as negative reinforcement.

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Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

August 04, 2016

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do.... Read More

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How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

August 03, 2016

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found.... Read More