Behavior

Chantel Hooks' horse found this pumpkin decoration particularly spooky.

Slideshow

Your Horse Spooked at What?

October 31, 2016

What spooks your horse? Here are some horses' scariest encounters, as told by our readers. ... Read More

Article

Safe Horse Handling for Vet Techs

October 23, 2016

Here's what to remember when handling horses for procedures to keep the veterinarian, patient, and yourself safe.... Read More

Article

Unbridled Discomfort

October 12, 2016

My horse is "reverse bridle shy." What can I do to help this habit?... Read More

Article

Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable.... Read More

Commentary

Horse Sellers' Disclosure Obligation

October 06, 2016

What behavioral or health information do you need to share when selling a horse?... Read More

Article

The Science Behind 'Licking and Chewing' in Horses

October 05, 2016

What does "licking and chewing" really mean? ... Read More

Article

Enter TheHorse.com's "Why Does My Horse Do That?" Contest

October 02, 2016

A video of your horse's behavior could win an evaluation by Dr. Sue McDonnell and a prize pack from Zylkene Equine.... Read More

Article

All Wound Up: Is Your Horse 'Stressed Out'?

October 02, 2016

Physiological stress can be an important equine welfare issue. Here's what you should know.... Read More

Commentary

Spontaneous Rearing and Food Aggression in Horses

September 22, 2016

One mare's rearing habit around her owner might be play initiation. ... Read More

Article

Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

September 15, 2016

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability.... Read More

Article

Poll Recap: Horses Learning From Each Other

September 13, 2016

The majority of respondents said they've used more experienced horses to help inexperienced ones through new situations.... Read More

Article

Castration: A Crucial Part of Responsible Ownership

September 13, 2016

Being a responsible horse owner involves deciding if and when castration is appropriate. ... Read More

Audio

Dr. Sue McDonnell's Help for a Buddy-Sour Horse

September 08, 2016

My gelding has separation anxiety when away from his pasture buddy. How can I address this issue?... Read More

Audio

Do Nervous Mares Have Nervous Foals?

September 07, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell shares research-based insight into how a mare's temperament might influence her foal.... Read More

Audio

Needle-Shy Horse Advice

September 06, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell offers step-by-step advice for helping a horse who's afraid of getting shots from the vet.... Read More

Article

Study: Poor Equine Welfare, 'Pessimism' Linked

September 02, 2016

Factors such as constant individual stabling and restricted feeding can make horses less optimistic, researchers found.... Read More

Article

Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

September 01, 2016

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being.... Read More

Audio

Why Are Horses Nervous When It's Windy?

August 30, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell offers reasons horses might be spookier than normal in windy weather.... Read More

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Managing the Fearful and Anxious Horse

August 25, 2016

Do you feel unsafe with your horse when you're on the ground or riding? Our behavior and vet experts are here to help!... Read More

Article

10 Anxious Horse Resources on TheHorse.com

August 25, 2016

Get tips on steps you can take to help soothe your horse's nerves and create a safer environment for everyone involved.... Read More

Article

Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

August 23, 2016

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn.... Read More

Article

Can We Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

August 18, 2016

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity.... Read More

Article

Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

August 11, 2016

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones.... Read More

Article

Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

August 08, 2016

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training.... Read More

Article

Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... Read More