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.
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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.
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'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.
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'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.
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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.