Behavior

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Why Does a Horse Cock a Hind Leg?

January 29, 2015

A veterinarian and horse behavior expert shares how to distinguish between normal hind-leg resting behavior and lameness... Read More

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Pulling Ponies Won't Quit Grass Grabbing In-Hand

January 22, 2015

Learn how to keep ponies, Miniature Horses, and full-sized horses from pulling and grazing when you lead them.... Read More

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What Does 'Sacking Out' a Horse Mean?

January 15, 2015

Learn how to get your horse to accept new and scary objects or sounds.... Read More

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Messy Gelding vs. Tidy Gelding

January 08, 2015

An equine behavior expert addresses a question about two geldings with very different poop patterns. ... Read More

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Dealing With Enthusiastic Learners

January 05, 2015

Learn how to modify an overzealous carrot stretcher's behavior.... Read More

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UT Veterinary College Offers Conference for Horse Owners

January 04, 2015

Lecture topics will include hoof care, nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, eye diseases, behavior, and more.... Read More

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Sunspot Spooking

January 01, 2015

Find out why horses spook at sunspots on the ground and what you can do to correct this behavior.... Read More

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A Love-Hate Relationship

December 30, 2014

Learn why a horse gets bullied by her herdmate.... Read More

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Why Does a Horse Whinny?

December 25, 2014

Learn about equine vocalization and how horses might or might not use whinnies to communicate. ... Read More

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Good Horse Keeping and Other Advice From Equine Rescuers

December 24, 2014

Rescue operators share advice on small steps owners can take to keep their horses out of less-than-ideal situations.... Read More

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'Some Horses Just Don't Know They're Old...'

December 23, 2014

How do you balance your old horse's work load with his physical limitations?... Read More

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Why Do Horses Nicker?

December 18, 2014

Dr. Nancy Diehl explains what we know--and don't know--about a horse's nicker.... Read More

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Help! My Horse Keeps Tossing His Head at Mealtime!

December 11, 2014

A veterinarian and equine behavior expert addresses a possible learned head tossing behavior at feeding time.... Read More

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Why Do Young Horses Champ Their Mouths?

December 04, 2014

Discover the possible reasons a foal or young horse might "gum" at an adult horse.... Read More

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Ways to Reduce a Cribber's Colic Risk

December 04, 2014

Researchers suggestions include maximizing cribbers' turnout time, making sure forage is readily available, and more.... Read More

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Standardizing Equitation Science Research

December 01, 2014

One researcher says it's important to reach a consensus on how to conduct equitation science research.... Read More

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Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

November 27, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

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Do Horses Learn by Watching Each Other?

November 26, 2014

Sometimes it seems like horses pick up behaviors from each other. But it might be for reasons different than you think.... Read More

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Reversing Fear-Based Behavior

November 24, 2014

An owner inquires about how to address and reverse her horse's fear-based behavior.... Read More

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Elastic Rein Inserts' Impact on Communication and Training

November 23, 2014

Researchers say elastic rein inserts could interfere with effective communication and training.... Read More

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Contempt for Cats

November 18, 2014

How do you correct a misbehaving horse that hates cats?... Read More

Article

Researchers Evaluate Riding School Horse Health

November 17, 2014

Lack of pasture time and advancing age were the prime culprits behind lesson horse health problems.... Read More

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Getting Equitation Science Research Into the Real World

November 14, 2014

As knowledge in this field advances, researchers hope to share findings with horse owners via veterinarians.... Read More

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What Can I Do About My Horses Rushing the Gate?

November 13, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian offers tips on handling horses that crowd and rush the gate at mealtime.... Read More

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Do Horses Prefer Patting or Scratching?

November 12, 2014

Recent study results lead researchers to believe a scratch wins over a pat as a more effective reward.... Read More