Handling and Restraint

Charlotte Dujardin gives Valegro a gentle pat after completing a test at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

Commentary

Do Horses Actually Enjoy Pats after a Winning Ride?

September 23, 2014

Our equitation science reporter shares why she doesn't pat her horse for a job well done. ... Read More

Article

Weaning Ways

September 18, 2014

Here's how to help your weanling transition to adulthood as smoothly as possible.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Your Veterinarian's Horsemanship Skills

September 09, 2014

Of the 675 respondents, 519 (77%) said their veterinarian's strongest horse handling skill is being patient and calm.... Read More

Commentary

How Do I Get My Horse to Respect Me?

August 14, 2014

Dr. Nancy Diehl shares how you can earn your horse's respect through consistent training. ... Read More

Article

Does a Horse's Attention Span Help or Hinder his Training?

August 08, 2014

Scientists believe paying too little or too much attention to a trainer can hinder a horse's learning ability.... Read More

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My Filly has No Respect or Fear of Anything. What Can I Do?

July 03, 2014

An equine behaviorist offers advice for managing an orphaned filly who exhibits dangerous behaviors.... Read More

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Stallion Libido

June 26, 2014

My stallion shows little or no signs of libido with my mare. He won't even "talk" to her. What can I do?... Read More

Hosing your horse off with cold water is a good way to help them stay cool in the hot summer months.

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Poll Recap: Bath Time

June 24, 2014

Of the 1,198 respondents, 790 (66%) said they rinse their horse after every ride during the warm months.... Read More

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Prepare for Battle: Medicating Horses

May 16, 2014

It's in everyone's best interest to medicate a horse without a fight. Here's how to make medicating easier.... Read More

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Tying Horses 101

May 07, 2014

If your horse doesn't have tying mastered, you can help him learn with a few smart schooling strategies.... Read More

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How to Clip and Bathe Safely

April 17, 2014

Clipping and bathing can be safe, efficient, and positive experiences for you and your horse.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Longeing Lessons

April 15, 2014

Of the 797 respondents, 329 (41%) said longeing is a regular part of their horses' fitness program.... Read More

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Buck Brannaman on Horse Herd Behavior and Yielding Softly

March 14, 2014

Brannaman said owners need to train their horses to yield softly to their humans--including veterinarians.... Read More

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Trailer Unloading Problems

December 05, 2013

Why does my horse bolt out of the back of the trailer as soon as we start to open the back gate?... Read More

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Can't Catch My Horse

November 14, 2013

Learn how to deal with a horse or pony that doesn't like to be caught in the pasture.... Read More

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Grandin on Keeping Horses Calm During Handling

August 26, 2013

Dr. Temple Grandin gave the keynote at the 2013 American College of Theriogenology Symposia and Conference.... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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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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