Behavioral Problems

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Do hormones cause mares to misbehave?
A new study from the University of California, Davis, challenges the common assumption that misbehavior...
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Reduce feed-time tensions
Our horses love getting their feed, but unfortunately, it can bring out the worst in them. Mealtime misbehavior...
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Do’s and Don’ts in dealing with a nervous horse
What seems like nervous behavior in horses is often a sign of fear. Here five things to do—or to avoid—when...
How to help a nervous horse
Coping with a nervous horse can feel like trying to parent an amped-up toddler crossed with a moody teen....
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A solution for needle shyness?
A needle-shy horse can make administering vaccinations, injections or blood draws a challenge (Getty...
'Barn Stories' Ep. 57: Moment of truth
Many equestrians dream of keeping their horses right in their backyards. While it can seem idyllic, there...
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Neuropathic pain linked to dangerous equine behavior
A tenet of good horsemanship has long held that if a horse chronically misbehaves, your first step must...
'Barn Stories' Ep. 51: Sheepish
The last few episodes of Barn Stories have been pretty heavy. This episode is a little different–a...
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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...
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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...
How to stop stall weaving
A readers asks what can be done to help a horse who compulsively weaves back and forth in his stall....
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How the seasons affect "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...
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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...
When your horse whinnies too much
Try these tips to silence an overly "talkative" horse whose whinnies are a distraction.
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