Articles - behaviour

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How to Tell if Your Horse is in Pain

Lameness, which would appear to be the most obvious indicator of pain severity, is often not the most accurate assessment of the extent of injury.

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Separation Strategies for the Herd-Bound Horse

When you remove your horse from his herd or take away his buddy, he may start having separation anxiety and become agitated and whinny, find out more.

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Can Horses be Depressed?

Since we can’t ask our horses to fill in questionnaires or conduct interviews about their feelings, we don’t know if horses experience depression.

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Keeping the Herd Happy

Horses are evolutionarily designed to avoid confrontation and embrace affiliation in order to reap the most benefit from living within a group.

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The Inadvertent Rescuer

Andrea Harrison says she never set out to be a horse “rescuer,” and yet, her home has become a safe haven for several horses in need of sanctuary.

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Why Does My Horse Crib and How Do I Get Him to Stop?

Cribbing is one of many stereotypies observed in numerous captive species, defined as ritualized, repetitive behaviour that appears to serve no purpose.

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Is Your Horse Happy?

Discover how to assess and boost your horse's happiness and improve your horse’s well-being by learning more about what makes him tick.

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Mind for the Job: Understanding Equine Personality

Horse industry professionals and amateurs admire equine courage, equine personality, and speak disparagingly of horses who are “gutless.”

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Talking to Horses: Exploring Communication & Understanding

In this article equine psychologist Antonia J. Z. Henderson, Ph.D., explores communication and understanding between humans and horses.

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The Happy Athlete Part 2

In the final part of this series, equine psychologist Antonia Henderson looks at why we need to know our equine athletes better, discover what they need for their psychological well-being, and ensure that it happens.