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Influence of mares' temperaments

Horse Behavior
May 26th, 2022

We have received several questions over the season about if and how mares' temperaments influence the behavior or personality of their foals. This podcast, featuring Dr. Sue McDonnell with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, shares some interesting insights on research findings, including whether nervous mares have nervous foals and more. We thank The Horse for making this resource available to our Foal Patrol audience. 

How diet can impact behavior

Horse Behavior
May 19th, 2022

Horses' behavior can be impacted by a wide variety of factors, including socialization, medical management, exercise and conditioning, and diet. If you have a "hot" horse, there are some things you can do with your horse's feed and how you feed to calm them. Read more in this article by Diane Rice available on The Horse. Consult with your equine veterinarian if you have specific concerns for one of your horses. 

Managing behavioral shifts

Horse Behavior
May 9th, 2022

If you have questions about managing behavioral fluctuations in broodmares, this resource includes an overview of a mare's mating cycle and its correlative hormone changes as well as some practical pointers for managing behavioral challenges that may stem from those hormone shifts. 

Mare and foal bonding problems

Horse Behavior
April 27th, 2022

We received a great question from a viewer yesterday about problems encountered in mare and foal bonding. This article, by Elkanah Grogan and Sue McDonnell, provides a thorough discussion of some mare-foal bonding problems that can arise and responsive measures. Be sure to consult a horse veterinarian with any case-specific issues.  

Gut health and behavior

Horse Behavior
April 18th, 2022

Learn more about the possible connections between gut health and behavioral issues in horses in this article by Stacey Oke available on The Horse