Feeling Blue? Signs And Symptoms Of Depression In Horses

Though the signs of depression in humans are well understood, equine caretakers sometimes miss the exact same expression of mood in horses. Domestic horses can live in a state of chronic stress, whether from living situations, social interactions, physical exertion, training methods, feed schedule or physical health. Similar to humans, a depressed horse may seem […]

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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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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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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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Stall Vices Linked To Digestive Discomfort In Horses

Horses evolved wandering miles each day and grazing in herds. Now, many horses lead a very different life, spending most of their time in stalls, eating two large meals a day, and having little contact with other horses. This shift from migratory foraging to stationary meal-eating can cause disturbances in health and behavior. For example, long-term […]

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