are some of the kindest, most generous and trainable animal partners you
can find. That's why when a horse does something "bad",
it's usually due to poor management or training. In
order to deal with vices and bad habits, we need to understand what causes
them. THEN we can design our horse care and training to PREVENT them.
A vice is an abnormal behavior that usually shows up
in the barn or stable environment that results from confinement, improper
management, or lack of exercise. A vice can affect a horse's usefulness,
dependability, and health. Examples are cribbing, weaving, and self-mutilation.
habit is an undesirable behavior that occurs during training or
handling and is usually a result of poor techniques and a lack of understanding
of horse behavior. Examples are rearing, halter pulling, striking and kicking.
Bad Habits Chart