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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


Exercise your horse to reduce his stress

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New research from Korea suggests that exercise reduces stress in horses, just as it does in people. Researchers at the Jeju National University divided 61 horses into three groups: those who... READ MORE


Fear of fireworks widespread among horses

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New study shows anxiety consistent among horses exposed to fireworks. READ MORE


Q&A: How to handle a bit puller

Q: I have a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse with a sweet, can-do disposition. But he likes to chew and pull on the bit. When I bought him, he came with the bridle and bit, and he was... READ MORE


A genetic component of equine personality identified

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Researchers are close to identifying a gene that may make some horses easier to handle than others. Working at Kyoto University, researchers first assessed the tractability of 167... READ MORE


Encouraging findings about long-distance transport

by Christine Barakat A large-scale study of horses transported long distances with a commercial shipping company found a low risk of associated health problems. READ MORE


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