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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.

Horse Behavior: Forgetting a Painful Past

If your normally cooperative horse has become resistant to something he’s done willingly for ages, it’s important you investigate what’s…

3 months ago

Avoid Vet Day Blues: Strategies to Help Your Horse Work With a Veterinarian

Getting your horse ready for a routine vet appointment is an important part of horse ownership, and for many horse…

3 months ago

Understanding Your Horse’s Brain

Thanks to recent equine neuroscience research, we’re gaining true understanding of the connection between equine brain function and effective training.…

4 months ago

Horse and Pony Questions: Building a Bond

QUESTION: I had a tight, close-knit bond with my first horse. Now I have a new horse, and I want…

4 months ago

Equine Emotional Intelligence

Horse owners often wonder if their horses are expressing emotions or equine emotional intelligence. While they may not have the…

8 months ago

Recognizing the Connection Between Dental Pain and Horse Behavior Problems

Could dental pain be the culprit for your horse’s behavioral problems? A recent study done by researchers at the University…

9 months ago

May 2020 SmartPak SmartTip of the Month: How to Help a Nervous Horse

A nervous horse can react in several ways, from tense muscles to stopping, snorting, and bolting in the opposite direction.…

11 months ago

The Onaqui Mountain Wild Horses

As I looked out over a golden valley at sunset, filled with over 100 wild horses peacefully grazing together, I…

1 year ago

How Riders Create Misbehavior in Their Horses

misThe reins sting your hands as your horse’s head dives like a falling rock for the tall mound of grass.…

2 years ago

Horses in Translation

Here are some ways that anyone can learn horse behavior by developing their own horse sense and how their horse's…

2 years ago