Recent News for Behavior & Handling


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


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


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.


Researchers Measure Horses' Noseband Pressure

August 12, 2013

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


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


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


Excitement, Feeling, and Attachment's Impact on Training

August 02, 2013

Training outcomes are affected by a horse's arousal state and his attachment to his trainer, scientists say.... Read More


Reflective Riding Equipment's Effect on Road Safety

July 31, 2013

Reflective equipment use doesn't appear to affect the occurrence or absence of near misses with traffic.... Read More


Researchers Study Abnormal Behavior Prevalence in Racehorses

July 30, 2013

Researchers found that 11.03% of the racehorses evaluated performed some stereotypy or abnormal behavior.... Read More


Riders' Perception of Rein Tension Studied

July 29, 2013

Study results suggest riders of all levels tend to misjudge the amount of tension they apply to their reins.... Read More


Study: Tone, Pitch Human Voice Could Affect Horses

July 28, 2013

Researchers studied whether speaking in a soothing tone has a beneficial impact on the horse.... Read More


Top Tweets from Day 2 of the 2013 ISES Conference

July 20, 2013

View some of the top tweets from the second day of the International Society for Equitation Science conference... Read More


Behavior Knowledge Deficits May Fuel Horse-Related Accidents

July 19, 2013

Greater knowledge about horse body language could mean fewer horse-related accidents in Danish riding schools.... Read More


Top Tweets from Day 1 of the 2013 ISES Conference

July 19, 2013

View some of the top tweets from Day 1 of the International Society for Equitation Science conference.... Read More


ISES Conference Kicks off July 18

July 16, 2013

This year's conference theme is "Embracing Science to Enhance Equine Welfare and Horse-Human Interactions."... Read More


Unusual Eating Behaviors in Horses Explained

July 04, 2013

We don't expect our horses to eat things like dirt or manure, but sometimes they do.... Read More


Rehabbing the Bolter

July 03, 2013

Will forming a bond with my horse help keep him from bolting when riding in the arena and around the paddocks?... Read More


Study: Food Rewards Can Improve Horse Training

June 25, 2013

Researchers believe positive reinforcement with food rewards helps horses in training learn better.... Read More


Equine Guelph to Offer Advanced Equine Behavior Course

June 23, 2013

The course is designed to increase knowledge through evidence-based research as it relates to horse behavior.... Read More


Study: Post-Training Stress Detrimental to Equine Learning

June 20, 2013

To help horses retain what they learns during training, aim to keep them as stress-free as possible.... Read More


Spinning and Twirling Behavior

June 19, 2013

Could a horse who loves spinning things be autistic?... Read More


Researchers Develop Subjective Equine Personality Test

June 13, 2013

Researchers developed a new subjective personality test designed to help us better understand horse behavior.... Read More


Common Senior Horse Behavior Problems

June 12, 2013

What is the most common behavior problem or case you see in aging horses?... Read More


Researchers Find Link between Cribbing, Abdominal Pressure

June 10, 2013

Researchers discovered that cribbing causes increased intra-abdominal pressure.... Read More


Older Creature Comforts

June 06, 2013

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