Hip-saving strategies

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Teaching your horse to walk calmly into his stall or through other doorways isn’t just a matter of enforcing good manners, it will reduce his risk of potentially serious injury. A horse... READ MORE

How to listen to your horse

by Sharon Wilsie Horses are asking us questions all the time, says the author of the new book, Horse Speak, and with practice you can learn to answer appropriately—and start a meaningful conversation. READ MORE

Nothing boring about yawning

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The next time your horse yawns, pay attention---he could be signaling a significant change in emotions. READ MORE

Learning life's lessons together

by Nancy J. Bailey Few people I’ve known have had as much capacity for empathy as my horse does. READ MORE

Whirls and hair whorls

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc There's a surprisingly simple way of predicting whether a spooking horse will turn to the right or left. READ MORE

The power of one

by Hope Ellis-Ashburn An owner’s search for ways to keep her “suddenly single” mare from becoming lonely leads to a surprising realization. READ MORE

What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A noseband tight enough to immobilize a horse’s jaw can cause measurable stress, according to new research from Australia. Researchers at Kandoo Equine in New South Wales and the... READ MORE

Improve your horse's mealtime manners

by Jennifer Williams, PhD Even the worst feeding-related behavioral problems can be solved with patient and consistent training. READ MORE

Calming without medication

by Heather Smith Thomas Here are 10 ways to reduce a horse’s anxiety without resorting to sedatives or tranquilizers. READ MORE

How your horse tells you what he wants

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New study shows that horses are capable of using a mode of communication often used by dogs. READ MORE

From tolerance to acceptance

by Jonathan Field Handled the right way, the process of teaching your horse to accept the spray from a water hose can lay the groundwork for solving future training problems. READ MORE

Q&A: After an accident

Q: I purchased a 5-year-old gelding last year, and he was doing great as a trail horse until about two weeks ago. I was riding with friends, and the horse behind us tripped and fell... READ MORE

Stop summer stomping

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Cracks that appear on your horse’s hooves in late summer may not be just a result of dry, hard ground. Annoying insects probably also play a role. During bug season, flies crawling on... READ MORE

After a skirmish

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A fight in the pasture between herdmates is usually a loud and dramatic affair. The good news is that most skirmishes don’t result in serious injury. However, if you know there’s... READ MORE

Q&A: Help for a stall kicker

Q: We have a mare at the barn who spends most of her time out in the pasture with her Miniature Horse friend. She is put in her stall next to her buddy at feeding time and only for a short period... READ MORE

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