Behavioral Problems

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Do hormones cause mares to misbehave?
Researchers found no connection between abnormal behavior in mares and increased concentrations of ovarian hormones.
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Reduce feed-time tensions
Mealtime misbehavior takes many forms, from pinned-ear squealing to incessant wall-kicking. More than just annoying, these behaviors pose management challenges and can even be dangerous! In this edition...
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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 dealing with an anxious horse.
How to help a nervous horse
If you identify the sources of a horse’s anxiety, you’ll be able to develop strategies to help you both cope.
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A solution for needle shyness?
Researchers report that topical anesthetic can help keep horses comfortable and calm when injections are administered.
'Barn Stories' Ep. 57: Moment of truth
Keeping your horse at home? You'll want to listen to this.
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Neuropathic pain linked to dangerous equine behavior
New research identifies a type of neuropathic pain that can lead to equine behaviors so dangerous that euthanasia may be the kindest option.
'Barn Stories' Ep. 51: Sheepish
When sheep turn into horse-eating monsters, it's up to a compassionate owner to save the day.
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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.
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. Our expert offers some advice.
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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.