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Behavioural

Horses in all disciplines may have problems from time to time. Unwanted behaviours can develop for many reasons and each case should be treated individually.

Every horse is unique and the causes of the behaviour problems will differ for each horse. However most behaviour problems manifest because of stress, fear and confusion. Some of the most common behaviour problems include

  • Bucking
  • Biting
  • Barging
  • Rearing
  • Bolting
  • Not Loading
  • Spooking
  • Crib-biting
  • Wood-chewing
  • Napping
  • Head-shaking
  • Weaving
  • Separation anxiety
  • Difficult when being shoed
  • Hypersensitivity to grooming
  • Phobias
  • Aggression

Feeding behavior

Horses can become anxious or stressed if there are long periods of time between meals. They also do best when they are fed on a regular schedule; they are creatures of habit and easily upset by changes in routine.

Rehabilitation

The first stage in the rehabilitation of horses with behaviour problems is to try to get an accurate diagnosis for your horse's particular problems. Whether you undertake this yourself, or get the help of an expert, or a combination of both, account needs to be taken of the origin of the problem behaviour, the temperament of the horse, the early environment it experienced, its previous learning experiences, and the current context in which the behaviour occurs. All this information is relevant to an accurate diagnosis and a plan of action.

You may wish to speak to one of our staff at our Morgan Park facility to help determine the causes of your horse’s behaviour issues and draw up an appropriate plan of action.