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Horse Behavior

Horse Illustrated’s articles on horse behavior involve how to bond with your horse, how your horse reacts, what your horse is thinking, normal behavior, and more. Topics can include desensitizing your equine partner to various objects, how riders can create misbehaviors, how to motivate your mount, how to interpret actions and what they mean, how to avoid issues while on the ground and while in the saddle, how to be the leader with the herd, how equines behave in the wild, research into horse behavior, how the equine brain works, and so much more. If you want to understand how the equine mind works and how you can get the desired results with your partner, then look no further.

Tips for Halter Training Foals

Have a foal due this spring? Congratulations! There’s nothing quite like an equine youngster to add happiness, fun, and a…

3 months ago

How Horses Communicate Pain

Besides not being able to talk, horses are flight animals and have an instinctual ability to hide pain. So, how…

3 months ago

Tips for When a Horse Hates Being Groomed

When a horse hates being groomed, it can make life difficult. One such horse presented a classic case of “chestnut…

5 months ago

Podcast Episode #11: Sports psychology for riders, clinician and liberty trainer, and clicker training for March 22, 2022 from Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products

For mobile access, click here to listen in your browser.In the 11th episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses…

5 months ago

Playing Hard to Get: How to Train a Hard-to-Catch Horse

With halter in hand, you open the gate to your horse’s paddock. You are in a hurry since the farrier…

7 months ago

Vet Adventures: As Destiny Would Have It

When a vet goes on a call about a difficult horse, the volatile mare takes charge, at least until gravity…

7 months ago

What Horses Really Want

This excerpt from What Horses Really Want by Lynn Acton is adapted and reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books…

7 months ago

Voice Recognition: How Horses Respond to Voice

Does your horse eagerly whinny when you call to him, or is he silently holding a grudge from last week’s…

7 months ago

The Puzzling Horse Feeder

When presented with a new challenge, does your horse give up, or is he a regular MacGyver? In the first experiment…

8 months ago

Rescue? Me?—A Sudden Realization Creates a Change in Horse Training Tactics

I never thought in a million years I would open an equine sanctuary in my mid-50s and that I would…

8 months ago