UK Agricultural Meteorologist Warns Of Livestock Heat Stress Dangers Through Weekend

It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect […]

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Touch Me, Please! Petting A Nervous Horse Does Not Reinforce Fear

Horses that become fearful or anxious because of something in their environment can be calmed by a soothing tone or gentle scratches on the withers, reports The Horse. Touch in particular is thought to reduce physiological arousal and relieve anxiety. When the horse relaxes, it can function in normally. In a study presented in 2015, […]

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The Memory Of A … Horse?

Be sure to smile when you leave your horse: new research shows horses are wary of people who seemed angry looking during their last encounter. Interestingly, they respond positively to those who were smiling when they saw them last. This study was completed by Dr. Karen McComb, a professor of animal behavior and cognition at […]

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