Horse Care

Study Shows Higher Levels Of Stress In Stalled Horses

It is common knowledge that horses are herd animals, but a British study investigated further and found horses kept in stalls have higher levels of stress than horses turned out in a group. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University studied 16 horses in four different situations:horses stalled individually with no contact to other horses, horses stalled […]

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Adam: More Research Needed On Bisphosphante Effects

Bone is a very dynamic and metabolically active tissue. This metabolic activity supports a continual turnover of bone that is essential for its function of supporting the horse’s body through a wide range of activities. Exercise is an essential ingredient for the development of a robust skeleton through bone remodeling. Remarkably, bone is both strong […]

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TCA Awards $511,650 In Grants

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today grants totaling $511,650 have been awarded to 67 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred related nonprofits including retirement, rehabilitation and adoption organizations; backstretch and farm […]

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How One Stable Trains Thoroughbreds For Second Careers Before They Retire

For most Thoroughbreds, racetrack training dominates their life until they retire to breeding shed or pasture. An article at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary tells the story of how Mosaic Racing Stable prepares their horses for second careers before their racing days are over. “Having our horses be active in more than one discipline at a time […]

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Grayson-Jockey Club To Offer Free Online Horsemanship Classes

In an effort to enhance equine welfare, health and safety and overall horsemanship skills, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced the availability of the first three modules of its Advanced Horsemanship Program. Titled, “Understanding & Managing EHV-1,” “The Hoof: Inside & Out,” and “Understanding the National Uniform Medication Program,” the three modules are available […]

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Old Friends, Daily Racing Funnies Announce Booster Campaign

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, is launching a quarterly Booster campaign that will offer a seasonal T-shirt with artwork by Daily Racing Funnies. Booster is an online crowdfunding site for charitable causes that revolves around selling custom T-shirts directly to supporters. This first campaign, “Summertime”, will run for two weeks beginning […]

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Automotive Crash-Test Technology May Help Prevent Bone Breaks In Horses

Finite-element modeling (FE) has been used for years in the automotive industry to assess material failure in crash-test simulators. This technology is now being used in equine applications, and soon may be  able to predict where a bone may fracture and under what conditions. It also may prove helpful in the assessing the chronically lame […]

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Farm Preparation Key During Volatile Spring Weather

A natural disaster is not something most farm owners like to think about, but having a plan in place to coordinate the care of horses and livestock is key to minimizing damage during spring storms. The American Red Cross strongly suggests developing emergency plans for your farm, barn and animals. Planning ahead allows the people involved […]

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The Battle Of The Bulge: Keeping Horses At A Healthy Weight

Obesity is one of the leading health problems Americans face, but it’s not just people battling the bulge. According to Kentucky Equine Research, between 25% and 50% of horses in developed countries are carrying more weight than is healthy and are considered obese. Some of the many side effects for horses who are obese include […]

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Weight Management Can Be Crucial For Arthritic Horse

As horses age, many will experience aches and pains associated with arthritis. Just like humans, those who were more athletically inclined in their youth, such as racehorses or upper level show horses will likely experience more arthritic changes in their joints as they age. One of the most effective ways to combat arthritis in older […]

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