Recent News for Behavior & Handling

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Study: Some Domestic Horses Possibly Too Reliant on Humans

September 26, 2012

Research suggests a strong human attachment could lead to impairment of a horse's problem-solving abilities.... Read More

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New Software Evaluates Horse, Rider Asymmetry

September 25, 2012

A software program uses video gaming technology to evaluate horse and rider asymmetry.... Read More

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Encourage Horses to Pass Scary Objects, Scientists Recommend

September 20, 2012

Encouraging a horse to approach a scary object led to less stress when faced with the same situation later on.... Read More

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Study: Trainers Consistently Evaluate Ridden Horse Behavior

September 17, 2012

Trainers were more consistent in scoring ridden horse behaviors than were equitation scientists in one study.... Read More

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Study: Horse Owners Best Predictors of Equine Motivation

September 12, 2012

Researchers believe the best predictor of a horse's motivation is someone who knows the animal well.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Rein Tension and Horses' Rideability

September 10, 2012

The largest factor affecting a horse's rideability score was his rider's maximum and average rein tension.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Horses as Model of Human Depression

September 03, 2012

Researchers found that depressed horses behave in a similar manner to depressed humans.... Read More

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Stall Rest Suggestions

September 01, 2012

I have a horse that is on stall rest while recovering from a fractured humeru... Read More

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On Stall Rest and Low Spirits

September 01, 2012

What can I do to keep my horse's spirits up while he's on stall rest? Rather than becoming agitated, he seems ... Read More

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Audiences' Effects on Horse and Rider Stress Levels

August 07, 2012

Researchers found that performing for an audience did not affect horses' stress levels compared to training.... Read More

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2012 Equitation Science Conference Deemed a Success

August 03, 2012

The conference was attended by more than 250 delegates from around the world.... Read More

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Study: Match Personalities for Strong Horse, Woman Bond

July 29, 2012

Study finds women whose personalities match their horses' are likely to have a better equine relationship.... Read More

Merkies evaluated horses' reactions to both nervous and calm people by turning the animals loose in a round pen with a blindfolded individual for five minutes. Horses are calmer around nervous people, she found.

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Study: Horses More Relaxed Around Nervous Humans

July 24, 2012

One study found that horses had lower heart rates around nervous humans as compared to calm people.... Read More

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McDonnell Speaks at Australian Equine Vet Conference

July 15, 2012

McDonnell spoke on how to interpret behavioral changes in horses, and which ones could have physical causes.... Read More

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Horse-Related Injuries Among Humans Evaluated

July 14, 2012

A recent study revealed a "disproportionately high accident rate" in humans working with and around horses.... Read More

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Signs of Equine Dementia

July 01, 2012

Old horses might suffer from some of the age-related structural brain changes that occur in other species.... Read More

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Soothing Painful Equine Patients

July 01, 2012

What would you recommend for a horse with burns so severe the skin is sloughi... Read More

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Equine Intermale Play

July 01, 2012

We have two males living together for the first time in the same pasture. One... Read More

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Effect of Stressful Situations on Horses' Working Memory

June 14, 2012

Stress negatively affects horses' working memory, used in training for associating commands with actions.... Read More

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Stall Kicking Solutions

June 01, 2012

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse has developed a stall kicking problem.... Read More

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Researchers Review Dopamine-Equine Stereotypy Relationship

May 31, 2012

A dopamine modulation dysfunction could be a risk factor for equine stereotypic behavior development.... Read More

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Study Identifies Causes for Misbehavior in Pony Club Mounts

May 27, 2012

Researchers recently identified risk factors for bad behavior in a population of Pony Club horses.... Read More

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Heated Debate Over Potential Hot Branding Ban in Germany

May 25, 2012

If the proposal passes German horse breeders will no longer be allowed to brand their horses with a hot iron.... Read More

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Domestic Equids Can Still 'Chill' Like Their Ancestors

April 24, 2012

New research indicates horses can slow body processes to conserve energy when environmental factors dictate.... Read More

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Equine Guelph Introduces Equine Welfare Certificate Program

April 20, 2012

Content will include housing, management practices, and procedures that can affect the well being of horses.... Read More