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Horse Behavior

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...
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...

Good Horse, Bad Horse

Horses bite and kick at each other in the herd. That’s appropriate behavior for them when turned out together. But that’s not appropriate behavior when humans are present, and you have to teach your horse what isn’t acceptable in...
You’re so excited to have a horse that your first instinct might be to pamper him, feed him treats and love on him every time you see him. That’s a perfectly normal human response to a new relationship, but...

A Horse’s Sense of Humor

Horses display playful behaviors with other horses. For the safety of human handlers, it's important to make sure these behaviors don't occur during horse/human interactions.Trainer Jill Girardi-Thomas is convinced that her Arabian gelding has a sense of humor. "We put...
 Riding a horse that refuses to go forward is like having a Ferrari with no gas pedal; sure, it's nice to look at, but it's absolutely useless. I teach horses to move forward off my legs using three separate...

Headshaking in Horses

Your normally mild-mannered horse has begun to toss his head, refusing directions and acting impatient when you ask him to wait. While under tack, he slams on the brakes and rubs his nose on his legs, jump standards or...
"Loose horse!” It’s the shout heard at farms across the land that lets our barn brethren know an equine escapee is heading their way. On occasion our horses get away from us for reasons mostly accidental and unintentional. However,...
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