Jennifer Williams, PhD


4 things to do for your horse before a weather emergency

Preparation can be the key to keeping your horses safe during a weather emergency or natural disaster.


Understanding horse rescue lingo

Terms like “neglect,” “abuse,” “abandonment” and “stray” have precise legal definitions that can vary by state.

Not all skinny horses are neglected. Horses may lose a great deal of weight when ill or injured, and the owner may be working with a veterinarian to treat the horse and put weight back on him. Or the owner may have acquired the horse only recently and is rehabilitating him.

5 Misunderstandings about what constitutes horse neglect or abuse

A number of the complaints made about equine rescues are based on misunderstandings.


What horse rescues do

Equine rescues are an important part of the horse industry, but do you know all that they do? Here’s a rundown of the work done by rescues to help horses.


Improve your horse's mealtime manners

Even the worst feeding-related behavioral problems can be solved with patient and consistent training.


Neglected, abused or abandoned horses: How to help

When you see a horse suffering in a bad living situation, of course you want to help. But it’s important that you know what to do to stay within the law.

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Nine Myths About Equine Rescues Debunked

Organizations that help horses in need are more important now than ever, but many misconceptions about them remain. Here’s how to sort the fact from fiction.

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Starting the Older Horse

Working with an older but still inexperienced horse poses special challenges but also promises unique rewards.

If your horse's ears are pointed backward but not pinned, it often means he's listening to something behind him.

How to Read Your Horse's Body Language

Subtle changes in your horse's posture, expression and movements can provide important clues to what he is thinking.


Raising an Orphan Foal

When a foal loses his dam, he'll need help to grow both physically and mentally. Here's how to meet those challenges.

A bay and a chestnut horse standing together in a field as close friends. The bay's head is hanging over the chestnuts' neck.

Tips for Splitting Up Inseparable Horse Buddies

When best friends fall apart at the slightest separation, it's time to retrain the equine soul mates for independent living.

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Understand Normal Mare and Foal Behavior

Understanding normal mare and foal behavior will help you identify health and management problems before they become critical.

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Hold Your Temper With Neglectful Horse Owners

Instead of getting angry at an owner's poor horsekeeping practices, focus your energy on a needy horse's health and care.

A chestnut horse kicking out at a grey horse while both are in a dirt paddock.

Why Horses Kick

Here's what your horse's kicking means and what you can do to deal with this potentially dangerous behavior.

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Keep Your Horses Contained

Here's how to cope with equine escape artists and keep them contained. By Jennifer Williams, PhD, for EQUUS magazine.