Articles on Horse Behavior

  • Horses Selective in Who They Copy
  • Whether a horse learns new behavior by copying another horse depends upon their social status, researchers in Germany recently discovered.

  • Hair Reveals Horse Temperament
  • The location and shape of a hair swirl lying near a horse’s eyes is linked with how the horse responds to handling and to new objects.

  • When Horses Have Trouble Getting Along
  • Horses are particularly prone to getting injured in scuffles when there’s a change in stabling arrangements, a study concludes.

  • Depends On How a Horse Sees It
  • A study has demonstrated for the first time that a horse’s emotional response to an object influences which eye they prefer using to look at it.

  • Horses Find Blue Floors Scary
  • Horses consider certain floor colors more alarming than others, according to researchers in Nottingham, England.

  • Young Horses Behave Better Around Adults
  • The age composition of a herd significantly influences how well young horses learn social skills.

  • Mules Smarter Than Ponies
  • A study of equine intelligence has confirmed what many mule handlers have long suspected: compared to their donkey and horse parents, mules learn quickly.

  • People-Friendly Horses Are Born That Way
  • Inborn temperament shapes how comfortable a horse is with being touched by people, recent research confirms.

  • Young Horses Learn Manners From Adults
  • Keeping juvenile horses with just their peers, as often happens, promotes unruly behavior, a French study finds.

  • Daily Exercise Makes Horses Easier to Handle
  • Just one hour of exercise a day, regardless of the type, takes the edge off of stabled horses, researchers have found. Their study also examined whether four different forms of exercise-walker, treadmill, turnout and recreational riding-were equally effective in reducing unwanted behavior from horses housed in stalls.

  • Does Eye Contact Matter When Catching a Horse?
  • How horses respond to eye contact with someone who’s trying to catch them has piqued the curiosity of scientists.

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