Behavior

Why do horses behave the way they do? We present the latest research on equine behavior and share advice from the world’s leading horse trainers and equine behaviorists.    

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Are you setting your horse up for bad behavior?

Research shows that confinement, feeding practices and other lifestyle factors can make a horse more likely to develop undesirable behaviors.

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Is your horse trying to tell you his teeth hurt?

Difficulty eating, bit evasions and antisocial behavior are signs of dental pain in horses that are commonly overlooked or misinterpreted.

Shorter winter days lead to lower hormone levels and, in some cases, mellower mares.

Why Winter Alters "Marish" Behavior

If your otherwise cranky mare mellows out this winter, shorter days may be the reason.

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Telltale Bite Marks

The appearance of bite marks on your horse may be a sign of unrest in the herd. Try these tips to keep the peace.

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Winter Wood Chewing in Horses

When the weather turns cold and wet, some horse may be more prone to chewing on wood. Here's how you can discourage that destructive behavior.

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New Online Resource Offers Horse Behavior Information

Three scientists recently launched a YouTube Channel that presents videos on a variety of equine behavior and training topics.

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Active rest: Three ways to keep your horse in shape while preventing burnout

Changing up your horse’s activities can be better for his body and mind than giving him time off. Biomechanics expert Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, explains why.

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Rescue Horse Rehab: Step 4

Restoring a horse’s physical and mental health can be challenging but rewarding. The first step is to address the horse's immediate needs.

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Rescue Horse Rehab: Step 3

Restoring a horse’s physical and mental health can be challenging but rewarding. The first step is to address the horse's immediate needs.

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3 Skills Every Rescue Horse Needs

Restoring the physical and mental health of an abused or neglected horse can be a long process, but in the early stages it's important to teach him three basic skills.