Monthly Archives: April 2018

  • Handling Aggression In Horses

    Expect it. Accept it. But understand it as well. Aggressiveness is part of every horse's behavioral repertoire to varying degrees, a normal phenomenon. Horses can behave aggressively – pin back their ears, kick, bite, or charge – to protect their foals, maintain their position within the herd, defend themselves, and compete sexually. But there is a limit; if your horse's aggressive behavior threatens the safety of other horses and humans, you'll need to step in and change that behavior. Before you try to create a “beauty” out of your “beast”, though, you need to understand why the animal is aggressive. Start with...

    MEDICAL MALADIES

    If you notice an increase in your horse's aggression level, whether sudden change or gradual, have your veterinarian examine the animal. Chronic pain – like the pain associated with navicular disease and arthritis, can make horses irritable and highly reactive to minor discomfort; so can sudden changes like that caused by an abscess. Continue reading

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