Recent News for Behavior & Handling

Article

Mapping Future of Equestrian Sports with Equitation Science

December 03, 2012

"The road ahead is all about what science can do for the horse," one international rider says.... Read More

Article

Holiday Horses, Ponies Require Time, Financial Commitments

December 01, 2012

Parents need to be aware of equine ownership commitment and cost before granting a child's wish.... Read More

Article

Rider Safety Program Releases Booklet on Pasture Safety

November 23, 2012

Topics covered include herd behavior, bringing horses in and turning them out, and pasture maintenance.... Read More

Article

Study: Horses Could have Greater Trust in Familiar Riders

November 09, 2012

One researcher relayed that study findings indicate horses might have more trust in familiar rider.... Read More

Article

Using Learning Theory Techniques in Equine Welfare Cases

November 03, 2012

One welfare group uses learning theory techniques to keep feral or neglected horses and their handlers safe.... Read More

Article

Equine Performance and Psychological Factors Linked

November 01, 2012

Paying attention to horses' psychological factors is key to ensuring success in work and mental well-being.... Read More

Article

Researchers Study Escape and Avoidance in Horse Training

October 28, 2012

Research on escape and avoidance can help trainers improve techniques to benefit horse welfare.... Read More

Article

'Learning Theory' to Improve Veterinarian Safety

October 24, 2012

"Learning theory" research could help keep vets safer when working with difficult equine patients.... Read More

Article

Incessant Licking

October 01, 2012

I have a very athletic 10-year-old, 17-hand Warmblood gelding who is very well-behaved. He doesn't bite, doesn... Read More

Article

So, You Want to be an Equine Behaviorist

October 01, 2012

I am extremely interested in becoming an equine behaviorist. I want to know more about how to go about pursuin... Read More

Article

Mouthy Mystery

October 01, 2012

When my friend rides her Thoroughbred gelding in the arena, after doing several side passes over and over agai... Read More

Article

Remote-Controlled Cars Used to Study Round Pen Training

October 01, 2012

During round pen training researchers got similar results from an inanimate object as from a human.... Read More

Article

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

Article

New Software Evaluates Horse, Rider Asymmetry

September 25, 2012

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

Stall Rest Suggestions

September 01, 2012

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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

Article

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.

Article

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