Horse Vices and Bad Habits

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     Horses 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.

see Vices Chart  

A bad 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.  

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