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Even if your horse is great at splashing through puddles around the barn and navigating arena obstacles with water, he may react differently when faced with a moving stream. Moving water can look scary and the sound of the...
Have you and your horse ever encountered a speedy mountain biker on the trail? The buzzing sound of the bike’s spokes can be alarming and spook-inducing for your horse. While many bike riders share the trail as they should...
The reins sting your hands as your horse’s head dives like a falling rock for the tall mound of grass. One second ago, you were on a quiet ride through a pretty meadow. Now you’re mad, and pulling hard...
An upbeat, warm-hearted man—I’ll call him Dave—had trailered a horse to my clinic. His Mustang, who I’ll call Timmy, found it hard to settle down. I watched Dave’s cheery face as he chuckled uncomfortably, shaking his head and mumbling,...
Thumbs Up: Checking off the common causes of “bad” behavior An excitable, spooky horse can totally take the fun out of your barn time, so it’s an important problem to solve. But where do you begin? Start by working with your...
One commonality among horse people of all kinds is the desire we all have to develop a good relationship or bond with our horse. Not only does a good horse-human relationship improve our equine interactions, it can also be...
This article was originally posted on December 9, 2002. "You get more flies with honey..." "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink..." The English language abounds with colloquialisms like this dealing with ways to influence...
This article was originally published on September 30, 2002. Even though horses don't speak our oral language, they're communicating with us all the time. However, most of us overlook their whispers until they're forced to "shout"—with kicking, spooking, biting or...
Hand-feeding your horse will make him mouthy, disrespectful, and dangerous! This conventional rule of horsemanship has been taught for years. In truth, many horses accept food without a hint of adverse behavior. Some do become overly excited when tempted by...
We all want to have happy horses. But how can you know for sure that your horse is happy? A recent study* published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE sought to answer that question by looking at a...
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