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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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Cribbing And Colic: Which Comes First?

If you have a cribber, chances are that horse is going to colic sometime during the period you own him. Not every cribber colics, but the two conditions often go hand in hand. Most scientific papers on colic include cribbing as one of its risk factors. The mystery is no one knows why cribbers are […]

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Are Horses That Crib Cognitively Impaired?

Cribbing is a familiar stereotype in horses that is commonly seen as a type of stress relief. The term ‘cribbing’ refers to a horse horse placing his top teeth on a fixed structure and contracting the lower neck muscles. The activity has no obvious function. Cribbing appears to become more frantic at times of stress, and […]

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Stable Vices Don’t Equal Lower Intellect, Study Finds

Horses with stable vices like weaving and cribbing may be stressed, but they are not any mentally slower than their less-troubled equine counterparts. According to behaviorists, between 10 and 20 percent of domestic horses exhibit these behaviors, but none of theses is seen in wild horses. These stereotypic behaviors arise during times of chronic stress, […]

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Put Your Back In To It: Equine Topline Reveals Welfare Status

New research shows that a horse’s back can reveal insight into their mental state. The posture of companion animals like dogs and cats has long been understood to be indicative of things such as anxiety and fear; Dr. Emilie Sénèque, Clémence Lesimple and Martine Hausberger set out to determine if ongoing stressful situations, which lead to […]

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Are Horses That Crib Cognitively Impaired?

Stereotypic behavior in horses, like cribbing, weaving or stall walking, has previously been believed to present in horses that experienced a combination of less-than-ideal living conditions and that had a genetic predisposition. A popular hypothesis stated that animals that took part in stereotypic behaviors are less cognitively flexible and therefore less equipped to deal with […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Should You Worry About Cribbers?

In conjunction with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, “Ask Your Veterinarian” is a regular feature in the PR Special newsletter distributed online and at Thoroughbred sales. Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. Email us at [email protected] have a question […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale: Collier Not The Retiring Type

Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Breds Yearling Sale – coming off a record year in terms of gross receipts, average, median and top price – kicks off a two-night run Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the Paulick Report is pleased to offer the first of two PR […]

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Possible Tie Between Selenium And Cribbing

Stereotypic behaviors such as weaving, cribbing, and stall-walking occur commonly in high-performance horses as well as many companion horses. In addition to being unsightly, potentially damaging to the barn, and raising welfare concerns, stereotypic behaviors also result in important health issues such as dental disorders, temporohyoid joint damage, poor performance, weight loss, and colic. “Cribbing is the […]

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Possible Link Between Selenium And Cribbing In Horses

Stereotypic behaviors such as weaving, cribbing, and stall-walking occur commonly in high-performance horses as well as many companion horses. In addition to being unsightly, potentially damaging to the barn, and raising welfare concerns, stereotypic behaviors also result in important health issues such as dental disorders, temporohyoid joint damage, poor performance, weight loss, and colic. “Cribbing is the […]

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