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| Handling | Camelids | Cattle | Goats | Horses | Pigs | Poultry | Rabbits | Sheep |

Animal Behaviors:

  • Most animals respond to calm, gentle, and consistent handling.
  • Livestock become skittish when their ordinary routines or familiar surrounding change.
  • Domestic livestock are herd animals; they become agitated when isolated and will try to return to the herd.
  • Animals have a definite social order.
  • Livestock detect people by their movement.
  • Frightened, nervous animals can kick, bite and knock a person over!


Train your animal before the show
Train your animals before show time

When Working with Animals:

  • Move calmly, deliberately, and patiently.
  • Avoid loud noises and make animals aware of your approach.
  • Create a daily routine and introduce changes slowly.
  • Always leave an escape route for yourself when working in close quarters with animals.
  • Remember the flight zone, point of balance and blind spots of animals.

Animals listen to your voice
Animals listen to your voice

Keep in mind the following points:

  • Cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats do not see color as humans do.
  • Cattle, horses, and mules have a panoramic field of vision.
  • Animals have strong maternal instinct.
  • Animals develop a strong bond to their pens and pastures.
  • Animals respond to the way they are treated by human in past experiences.
  • Animals are sensitive to noise and are frightened easily.

Animals remenber past experiences
Animals remember past experiences


Dr. Temple Grandin, Livestock Behavior web site; http://www.grandin.com/

Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture “Basic Horse Safety Manual” .pdf

TG flight zone
Flight zone and point of balance