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Nothing boring about yawning

A yawn can signal something other than boredom or drowsiness, it may mean a horse is frustrated or unhappy.

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Whirls and hair whorls

There's a surprisingly simple way of predicting whether a spooking horse will turn to the right or left.


Improve your horse's mealtime manners

Even the worst feeding-related behavioral problems can be solved with patient and consistent training.

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Calming without medication

Here are 10 ways to reduce a horse’s anxiety without resorting to sedatives or tranquilizers.


Stop summer stomping

Repeated concussion can lead to footsoreness and hoof cracks.


She’s an Angel… She’s a Devil… She’s a Mare!

Is your mare perfect one day and a demon the next? If so, you’re not alone. Learn steps that you can take to help manage your mare’s moods.


Teach a horse to accept farriery work

With a few simple exercises a horse can learn to accept having his hooves handled.


Equine facial expressions analyzed

Researchers say that a horse’s face may be as expressive as a dog’s.


A surprising way to boost your horse's performance

Research shows that music may help your horse relax and perform better.

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Benefits of a "booming" voice

Research suggests that mares are more attracted to stallions who have deeper whinnies.


Why horses seek shelter

New research suggests that your horse may seek shade for a different reason than you might have thought.

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Jonathan Field: Taming a trail terror

To head off problems on the trail, make sure your leadership and connection with your horse are solid while you are still at home.


How horses help us heal

As a natural horsemanship clinician for more than two decades, I have learned that horses can help people become not only better riders but better partners, friends and parents.

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Jonathan Field: Establishing personal space

To teach a horse to keep a respectful distance, you must control his feet, earn his trust and establish your leadership.

This article is adapted from the chapters on bucking in Good Horse, Bad Habits, by Heather Smith Thomas (Trafalgar Square Books, 2014), available at

No More Bucking!

Horses buck for various reasons. Here are solutions to help fix the problem, whatever the cause.

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Jonathan Field: How to overcome head shyness

A trusting relationship will not only help resolve a horse’s aversion to having his ears handled but will head off future behavioral problems.

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Surprising findings about pawing

Contrary to popular belief, pawing may have nothing to do with boredom.


Managing fireworks anxiety

Take a few simple steps to keep your horse calm during Independence Day celebrations.

Pecking Order: Horse Herd Hierarchy

Who's the boss in your little herd? Here are some clues to understanding where a horse stands in the pecking order.

The Trail As Training Ground

When the prescription for my recovering horse was “no ring work,” I learned to use trail time to brush up on my skills and improve my relationship with my horse.


Too Much Time Together?

Even with the best intentions, you can stress out your horse with too much handling. Instead, focus on quality over quantity when you interact with him.


Causes of cribbing

Do some personality traits make a horse more likely to become a cribber?