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Horse Behavior

When purchasing a new horse a few years ago, we were told by the previous owner that the horse "doesn’t like fly spray.” We brought her home and carefully applied some fly spray, only to find that she stood...

Patient Hoof Picking

Q: Sometimes when I’m picking out my horse’s hooves, he tries to put his foot down. If I hold it tightly, he tries to jerk it away. How can I make picking out feet easier? A: Training your horse...

The Buck Stops Here

Mac can sure buck by lostinfog on flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Q: What do you do if when you cue your horse to canter he acts like he’s going to buck? Should you keep cueing or stop the canter cue and...
Q: Why do some horses feel threatened when it comes to their food and behave in an aggressive way at meal times? What can I do to prevent food-time aggression and stay safe at feeding time? A: A horse’s aggression...
One popular myth among equestrians is that a horse’s whorl—the swirling pattern of hair growth on the forehead—can predict a horse’s personality. You may have heard riders swear that a high whorl indicates a hot-tempered horse or that horses...

Cribbing and Windsucking

Q: I have heard of both cribbing and windsucking, but what is the difference between these two vices? A: Cribbing is when a horse presses his top teeth on a stationary object like a fence plank, stall door or...

Bonding with Your Horse

So you’ve brought your new horse home. Now what? You want to bond with him, but how do you go about doing it? Be patient with your horse while he adjusts to his new situation. Even if your facility...
Do you want your horse to be happy, relaxed and ready for your next ride? For your horse to feel his best, he needs time with other horses when you can’t be around. Horses need the herd. They are...

Are You Untraining Your Horse?

It’s the little things that add up to a big deal with horses. I often hear people complain that they bought a well-trained horse and he became untrained. You’re training your horse every time you’re with him. If you...
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