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Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior

April 13, 2014

An equine behaviorist offers some tips on how to best condition and modify your horse's actions.... Read More

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Study: Younger Horses Appear Able to Learn by Watching

April 09, 2014

Younger, lower-ranking, and more curious horses are most likely to exhibit social learning, researchers say.... Read More

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Univ. of Florida to Offer Online Horse Care Course

March 16, 2014

The course will shed light on the science behind common horse management practices.... Read More

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The Top 10 Horse Health Articles of 2013

January 02, 2014

Covering a variety of horse health topics, the following articles received the most views in 2013.... Read More

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Researchers Go In Search of the Perfect Passage

December 07, 2013

Are top dressage horses routinely performing the "perfect passage" as defined by the FEI?... Read More

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Study: Some Horses, Riders Have 'Co-Being' Relationship

November 21, 2013

Researchers believe riders and horses can enter into a unique state of interspecies "co-being" with one other.... Read More

Master’s student Johanna Ternstrom holds a smart textile monitor designed for equine-related research.

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Smart Textiles: Future Use in Equine Research

October 26, 2013

Researchers are investigating the use of smart textiles and technology in equine science.... Read More

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Horses' Long-Term Memory Put to the Test

October 17, 2013

Researchers confirmed that horses retain what they learned a long time ago--for better or for worse. ... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Equine Hematology Parameters

October 13, 2013

Researchers believe variables such as breed and geographic location might impact horses' blood test results.... Read More

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Researchers Study Head, Neck Positions' Effects on Muscles

October 11, 2013

Researchers evaluated the activity of three muscles when horses worked in different head and neck positions.... Read More

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Understanding Horse Behavior Might Prevent Human Injury

October 10, 2013

With improved understanding of equine behavior, riders can avoid potentially harmful horse situations.... Read More

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How Horses' Ear Direction Affects Jumping Success

October 07, 2013

Can a horse's ears predict a his responsiveness to a task such as jumping? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Does Feeding Hay Before Grain Reduce Cribbing?

September 19, 2013

Feeding hay before grains appeared to reduce the intensity of cribbing episodes in a recent study.... Read More

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Mirror, Mirror . . . I See My Horse Looking Back at Me

September 14, 2013

Two studies investigated whether women see horses as self-objects and how perceptions change as women age.... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Water Bucket Half Full or Half Empty?

September 11, 2013

Researchers developed a test to find out whether horses are optimistic, pessimistic, or somewhere in between.... Read More

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Study Confirms Horses Respond to Negative Reinforcement

September 06, 2013

Researchers proved that horses can become "lighter" with proper negative reinforcement training.... Read More

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Studying the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface

September 04, 2013

Researchers are studying how forces applied by saddle and rider affect a horse's performance and welfare.... Read More

"After the winter and holiday lull in training and competition, I can't wait to get back in the show ring and improve upon my results from the previous year," says Managing Editor Alexandra Beckstett.

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Improving Horse Welfare at Stock-Breed Shows

September 03, 2013

Researchers sought better understanding of the welfare concerns relating to stock-type show horses. ... Read More

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Whip Use in Elite, Non-Elite Show Jumpers

September 02, 2013

Researchers take a look at whip use by jumper riders and how it relates to performance outcomes.... Read More

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Pleasant vs. Stern Human Voice's Effect on Horses

August 30, 2013

It seems like horses respond to changes in human voice tone, but is it a coincidence? Researchers found out.... Read More

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Researchers Study Horses' Startle Response to Novel Objects

August 25, 2013

One of the most consistent indicators of equine temperament is a horse's novelty response, researchers say.... Read More

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Researchers Assess Youthful Play Behavior in Adult Horses

August 23, 2013

Researchers estimate that if a horse investigates an object for 13 seconds or more, then he is likely playing.... Read More

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Frequent Feeding Reduces Group-Housed Horses' Aggression

August 19, 2013

More frequent forage feedings for group-housed horses could lead to a balance between feeding and resting.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Forehand vs. Backhand Whip Use in Racing

August 15, 2013

Jockeys struck a simulator with significantly (approximately 15%) more force with the backhand than forehand.... Read More

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Positive, Negative Reinforcement in Horse Training Compared

August 14, 2013

Training efficacy and stress levels were similar in the negative and positive reinforcement groups. ... Read More