Horse Care

New Treatment For Headshaking

There is currently no effective method for controlling headshaking in horses. However, a study has found that percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS), which is used in people to manage neuropathic pain, could help reduce headshaking symptoms. A horse with headshaking syndrome exhibits repetitive, involuntary, intense jerking of his head; the entire head and neck can […]

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OTTBs Teach Inmate Trust In TRF Program

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Off Track Thoroughbreds blog brings readers an unconventional story of love. Writer Susan Salk writes that Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s non-mounted vocational programs at the nation’s prisons don’t just give inmates something to do: for one former inmate, the program taught him to love and forgiveness again. Christopher Griffin told Salk […]

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Free-Range, Abandoned Horses A Growing Problem In Kentucky

According to a USA Today report, the population of free-roaming horses in Kentucky’s eastern mountain region has reached unsettling levels. People have either been grazing horses or turning them loose on reclaimed surface mines in the Appalachians for years, but the practice has gone on for so long that the herds are producing their own foals […]

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Tummy Troubles: Feeding Certain Grains Can Alter Hindgut pH In Racehorses

Researchers in Australia have studied the grain-based diets given to racehorses to investigate the impact different types and amounts of cereal grains can have on their hindgut pH. Seventy-two trainers participated in the study, providing data and grain samples. Fecal samples from their horses in training were also taken to measure pH, dry matter, starch […]

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New Bolton Successfully Treats Clydesdale With Heart Disease

Leading the team of majestic Clydesdales is Windsor, a special member of the eight-horse team that pulls a historic wagon for the Hallamore Corporation. So when he wasn’t himself, not pulling his weight, backing out of the harness, farm manager Ned Niemiec worried about Windsor’s heart. Two other horses in the team had shown these […]

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Equine Disease Communications Center Ready To Launch

The Equine Disease Communications Center (EDCC), which will report information on equine disease outbreaks and has been in production for several years, is now ready to launch. The EDCC is a joint effort between the American Horse Council and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and will operate in a similar manner as the Centers […]

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Therapy Horses Part Of Upcoming Tufts Research On Human/Animal Bond

From seeing-eye dogs to therapeutic horseback riding, animals contribute to our lives in many ways. To understand how significant those relationships are, Tufts has launched a university-wide enterprise, the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (TIHAI), to advance the burgeoning field of human-animal interaction. Instead of working in the traditional silos of individual disciplines, the new […]

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Thoroughbreds For All To Be Held April 24

Thoroughbreds For All, an event that showcases the versatility of the Thoroughbred horse, will once again be hosted at the conclusion of the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Friday, April 24. Hosted at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Lexington facility, West Wind Farm, the event will run from 5-9 p.m. and […]

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‘Roses To Ribbons’ Racehorse Re-Homing Event Set For Sam Houston

The Paddock Foundation, a non-profit organization launched by the Texas Thoroughbred Association to support and advance Thoroughbred aftercare, is pleased to announce the inaugural Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair will be held March 8 at 11 a.m. at Sam Houston Race Park. The event is designed to promote Thoroughbred horses moving to new […]

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What Happened Here? Causes of Feed Contamination

Cases of equine feed contamination have made national headlines in the last few months, many of them with deadly consequences. Beginning in Florida, where 22 horses were poisoned by monensin-contaminated feed from Lakeland Animal Nutrition, and most recently in South Carolina, where three horses were supposedly poisoned by ADM Alliance Nutrition, feed and concerns for […]

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