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Ten Things An Applied Animal Behaviorist Wishes Everyone Knew About Horses

Dr. Sue McDonnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, says it’s time for people to rethink common beliefs about equine behavior. The founder of the equine behavior program at the University’s New Bolton Center believes education is the key to understanding why horses act the way they […]

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‘He’s Very Much Improved’: Spendthrift Farm Takes Steps To Manage Bolt D’Oro’s Aggression

Aggression isn’t an uncommon trait for stallions to a certain degree, but Spendthrift Farm has had to go to special lengths to manage the behavior of young stallion Bolt d’Oro, Racing Post reports. The 5-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro was taken out of breeding service for two days in February after becoming too aggressive for […]

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An Expert Answers: Do Racehorses Understand Winning And Losing?

Applying what science knows about animal cognition, is it possible to determine if a racehorse know if he wins or loses? Dr. Sue McDonnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, is doubtful that horses understand winning or losing a race run on a track as running on a […]

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What Makes Horses Unhappy?

While no scientific studies have been done as to why some farms and living situations make horses anxious and upset, it’s abundantly clear that individual horses tend to care for a specific type of facility and care. While an owner may never be able to pinpoint what caused the horse’s distress, it oftentimes is easier […]

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Serial Licker? Odd Behavior By OTTB Wins Prize And Behavioral Evaluation

We’ve all heard of an animal having an odd habit or displaying unique behavior once in a while, but…compulsive licking? That is exactly what Cynthia Malcolm’s off-track Thoroughbred, “Shorty” does to her Belgian-Paint cross mare after he finishes a meal. The Horse magazine put out a call to its readers to submit descriptions of their […]

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Did Pharoah Know He Won The Classic? Behavior Expert Says It’s Doubtful

Although American Pharoah went out a winner, ending his career with a solid victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in October, one equine behavior expert suspects the colt didn’t necessarily “know” what he had done. Dr. Sue McDonnell, certified animal behaviorist and head of the equine behavior program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of […]

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By Ray Paulick The world’s biggest purses have never been available to racehorse owners from around the globe, but that all may be changing soon when the Japan Racing Association makes an anticipated announcement later this month that it will begin licensing foreign owners  as early as 2009. News of the JRA’s expected policy change […]

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