Horses may present to the veterinarian due to unwanted behaviours. These are vary in severity from poor performance to dangerous behaviours, including rearing and bucking when ridden. Owners also may request investigation if they perceive everyday scenarios such as girthing to elicit pain because of the horse’s behavioural response.
This presentation will look at why various unwanted behaviours may occur and how they are reinforced. It will discuss how we can decipher if an unwanted behaviour is caused by pain, is primarily of behavioural origin or a combination of the two. Multiple video case studies will be used to demonstrate these points in the presentation.