Behavior

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Racetrack Veterans Look for Luck in Odd Customs and Beliefs

August 30, 2009

In the modern world of speed figures, tracking devices, and sheets handicapping, just about any racetracker will tell you making it into the hallowed ground of the winner's circle might depend more on cats, birds, bugs, peanuts, popcorn, and... Read More

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Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

August 26, 2009

The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic... Read More

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Horses Read Human Body Cues, Researchers Say

August 19, 2009

Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them,... Read More

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Cribbing Not a Learned Behavior, Researchers Say

August 11, 2009

Despite many horse owners' belief to the contrary, researchers concluded in a new study that cribbing does not appear to be a learned disorder. However, genetic predisposition appears to be a factor, especially among Thoroughbreds.

Julia D.... Read More

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Research Shows Exercised Horses Have Fewer Unwanted Behaviors

August 06, 2009

Providing a stabled horse with one hour of exercise daily has beneficial effects on horse welfare, as well as handler safety, according to a new study.

"Providing horses with a daily exercise regime, as well as regular positive... Read More

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Equine Visual Laterality Reinforces Horse Handling Traditions

August 02, 2009

The convention of leading and mounting the horse from the left might be more than just tradition, according to a new study from St. Andrews University. The study, led by Kate Farmer, MA, at the Harmony Center in Austria, shows that horses... Read More

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Headshaking Triggers and Treatment

August 01, 2009

What triggers a horse to flip his head uncontrollably, sometimes to the point of endangering him and his rider?

The amazing thing about horses is how such large, powerful animals can be exquisitely aware of the slightest... Read More

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More

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Human Injuries Related to Horses Analyzed

July 05, 2009

The American Horse Council's 2005 report "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States" documents that more than 2 million horse owners are involved in a variety of activities. Millions more people ride horses every year or handle... Read More

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Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

July 01, 2009

An increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding, researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences recently reported.

Linda Keeling, PhD, and colleagues tested horses and riders t... Read More

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Self-Mutilation or Pain?

July 01, 2009

I have a horse that I believe is displaying a form of self-mutilating behavior, and I'm wondering if you have ... Read More

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Equitation Science Meeting to Focus on Horse Sport and Welfare

June 22, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial... Read More

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Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

June 10, 2009

Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past... Read More

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Horse Soccer?

June 07, 2009

Looking for something new to do with your horses? How about forming a "horse soccer" league!

In this author's experience, the only time this had been seen before was with the Lexington Mounted Police Unit, who use large, inflatable balls... Read More

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Control of Sexual Behavior in Mares and Stallions

June 01, 2009

Learn about controlling sexual behavior in equine athletes so it impacts performance less. ... Read More

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Hawaii Horse Expo to Benefit Horse Rescue Fund

May 25, 2009

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009, sponsored in part by Mâlama Lio, a Hawaiian horse magazine, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island. Proceeds from the... Read More

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Equitation Science Group to Meet in Sydney

May 11, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney for the 5th Equitation Science Annual Conference to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial Parkland Equestrian... Read More

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More

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New Herdmates

May 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse's attitude changed with his new barn. ... Read More

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Equine Diet and Behavior Link Explored

April 16, 2009

The authors found horses fed more hay displayed generally quieter behavior, and fewer stereotypic behaviors (such as cribbing or weaving), compared to horses fed infrequent and large high-starch meals.... Read More

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To Breed, or Not to Breed?

April 01, 2009

Do you feel breeding can actually benefit the performance behavior?... Read More

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Readers Reveal Their Horses' Habits

March 10, 2009

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What 'bad habits' do your horses have?"

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Herd Instincts Revisited

March 01, 2009

(Editor's Note: Dr. McDonnell answered a reader's questions on her horse biting another in the throat in the March 2007 issue. The reader and McDonnell follow up on this interesting... Read More

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Research Sheds Light on Equine Long-Term Memory

February 20, 2009

Remember back when that umbrella popped open and spooked your horse? That might have been five or even 10 years ago, but new research into equine long-term memory (LTM) shows that your horse probably remembers those events just as well as you do... Read More