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The horse behavior problem solver : your questions answered about how horses think, learn and react
Jahiel, Jessica.
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North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., [2004]

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xvi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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What can be done with a horse that's hard to bridle, won't stand for a new farrier, or kicks while being ridden? Why would a sweet horse suddenly turn mean? How can an owner calm a horse that becomes a nervous wreck at shows? What should be done if a gelding attacks a mare? In The Horse Behavior Problem Solver, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel offers proven solutions to these and other common horse behavior problems.

This comprehensive handbook uses a friendly question-and-answer format. Each question includes a detailed real-life case study. The author identifies the source of the trouble and offers practical, proven techniques that can help solve the problem. The situations presented are common to all horses and horse lovers, and Jahiel's advice is applicable to every breed of horse and to both Western and English riders.

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Jessica Jahiel, Ph.D., an internationally renowned lecturer, clinician, and award-winning author, answers questions in her e-mail newsletter, Horse-Sense, and in magazines including Horse & Rider, Equus, and Dressage Today

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Horses are big animals, and the humans who work with and ride them are relatively puny. How do we get the proper conduct from an uncooperative horse? How do we stop potentially dangerous behavior? And, ultimately, how do we establish a healthy relationship between horse and rider? Jahiel, an equine behaviorist and lecturer, answers these questions and many more in this excellent guide to equine behavior modification. Drawn extensively from the author's online newsletter Horse Sense, the information is presented in a question-and-answer format divided into sections covering specific aspects of horse conduct. Jahiel chooses questions to answer based on their broad applicability and provides extensive answers based on a vast knowledge of equine behavior, both innate (nature) and human-caused (nurture). This comprehensive book is an excellent choice for inclusion in the equestrian section, even for libraries with small collections. --Nancy Bent Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Moira C. Harris
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Dedicationp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Part I On the Groundp. 1
1 Humans and Horsesp. 2
Being the "alpha horse"
Teaching respect or fear?
Head rubbing as a sign of dominance?
Developing a relationship
2 Catching and Leadingp. 15
Horse that pulls back
Ears forward, ears back
Kicking habit
Hard-to-catch horse
Rearing while being lead
Horse whirls and kicks when turned out
Frightened untrained horse
3 Grooming and Handlingp. 35
Moving away from pressure
Head-shy horse
Horse frightened of clippers
Biting: prevention is best
Horse that bites
Filly fights bath and fly spray
Do treats spoil a horse?
Horse won't hold up foot for cleaning
4 Medicatingp. 56
Giving oral medications
Treating an eye injury
Drugs for behavior control
5 Vet and Farrier Visitsp. 68
Foal meets farrier
Mare won't stand for new farrier
Frightened horse is hard to shoe
Yearling with vet-visit trauma
6 Tacking Upp. 85
Hard to bridle
Problem bridling a young horse
Horse bites when the girth is tightened
Mare dislikes saddle
Part II Under Saddlep. 99
7 Moving While the Rider Mountsp. 100
Standing during mounting
Mounting and dismounting
8 On the Trailp. 108
Horse kicks while being ridden
Human-proofing a trail horse
Avoiding puddles
Crossing water
Frightened trail horse
9 Shying and Spookingp. 127
Horse shying at home
Spooking, rider fear, and horse learning
Eyesight and spooking
Spooky corner
Suddenly scared horse
10 Herd-Bound, Barn-Sourp. 149
New herd member is herd-bound
11 Napping and Boltingp. 157
Horse is glued to the ground
Horse runs away
Bolting over jumps
The chronic bolter
12 Bucking and Rearingp. 170
Once a bucker, always a bucker?
Rearing mare
Buying a rearing horse for a beginner
Novice rider needs help with rearing horse
Rearing horse, novice rider
Part III At Homep. 191
13 In the Stallp. 192
Cornered by horse
Sweet horse getting mean
Winter stall behavior
Horse aggressive about food
14 In the Stall: Boredom Breeds Vicep. 207
Horse bangs stall door
Should I purchase a cribber?
Horses that chew wood
15 Tying and Cross-tyingp. 217
Horse anxious in cross-ties
Ground tying
16 Herd Behavior and Turnoutp. 224
Mares and geldings sharing a field
Wild-horse behavior
Herd dynamics
Companion for older horse
17 Mares and Foalsp. 234
Mare's estrous cycle
New foal, possessive mare
Mare won't let foal nurse
Filly with bad habits
Difficult colt
Imprint training
18 Stallionsp. 255
Should I geld my stallion?
Testosterone and manners
Young stallion won't breed
19 Geldingsp. 266
Using a gelding as a teaser
Gelding attacks mare
Part IV Away from Homep. 273
20 Trailers: Getting in, Staying in, Getting Outp. 274
Getting into the trailer
Trailering trauma
Loading horse into trailer
Forcing horses into trailers
Step-up vs. ramp
Hauling one horse
21 At the Show or Clinicp. 289
Nervous wreck at shows
Horse frightened of stall at show
Horse too smart for hack classes
Show anxiety
Standing quietly at halter
Nervous horse loses weight at shows
22 Moving to a New Homep. 306
Am I ready to bring my horse home?
Bringing a young horse home
Young horse in new surroundings
New horse adjusting to new home
Introducing an old horse to a new home
Is my horse sleep-deprived?
23 There's Always More to Learnp. 320
Problem-solving: alone or with help?
Resourcesp. 325
Indexp. 327