mare foal behaviour

Mare and Foal Behaviour Study

Have you ever watched a mare and her foal together? Newborn foals tend to stay close to their mother’s side. Over time, as the foal gets older, they venture further apart. Researchers in Japan were curious about how this distance changes over time. To study mare and foal behaviour, they attached GPS devices to the halters on…

Taking Care of Assateague’s Ponies

You may have already heard about the wild ponies of Assateague Island. What you may not know is that the ponies on the island are split into two main herds separated by a fence at the Virginia/Maryland State line. The herd on the Virginia side is managed by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. The National Park Service…

How Much Hay is Wasted?

Have you ever had the job of feeding hay to a barn full of horses? A common method of feeding hay to horses is to simply toss flakes of hay on the ground. The horses lower their heads and don’t stop eating until it’s all gone—or trampled into the ground. If you’ve ever mucked out a stall or…

Pennies for Piper—The Story of a Rescue

What would you do if you learned about a neglected filly that needed help? Students at Southport Elementary School in North Carolina, came together to help a one-year-old filly named Piper. The students first heard about Piper through one of the school’s physical education teachers, Donna Michaux. Donna had attended a conference where the table next to hers belonged…

Heart Beats – a Grade 5 Science Project

Three horse-crazy friends in grade 5 decided to participate in their school’s science fair at Medford Elementary School in Minnesota. Jenna, Bella and Lily tossed around several cool ideas before deciding on, what for them, was the perfect topic. “It was something we all enjoyed, something like, horses! We knew right away that it would…

The Year’s Top Pacers & Trotters

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll is taken each year to select the top pacers and trotters of the year in the United States. Horse Talk – pacers and trotters: Pacers move both legs on the same side forward in unison. Trotters move right front and left rear legs forward almost simultaneously, then follow suit with left…

Studying Horses in Oklahoma

If you are thinking of a career working with horses, you may find a recent Oklahoma equine study of interest. Why? Because the study focused on the economic benefits and job opportunities available in the real-world of horses! Time to give your data analysis skills a workout and get a glimpse of the horses and…