Horse Care

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accreditation Application Available For 2020

The 2020 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is now available and can be accessed here. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by the closing date of April 1 at 6 p.m. ET. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation […]

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Treatment For Human Inflammation Shows Promise In Horses

Capacitive and resistive electric transfer (CRET) is a treatment that has been used on humans to reduce pain and improve quality of life in those who have orthopedic degenerative and inflammatory issues. Applied externally, the treatment uses long-wave radiofrequency energy to warm the tissues. This treatment was recently used in a study that focused on […]

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Managing Age-Related Bone Loss In Horses

As people age, bone density decreases and the risk of fractures from falls increases. However, one veterinarian notes little research has been done on if the same conditions affect older horses. Equine nutritional consultant Dr. Elanor Kellon recently studied the question on her blog, Dr. K’s Horse Sense. Kellon points to a 1979 study found […]

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Study Explores Causes Of Watery Manure

Watery manure in horses can be a horse owner’s nightmare, coating the tail, hind legs and buttocks of horses, potentially scalding skin and encouraging flies. the condition, called “free fecal liquid,” is when a horse excretes manure that has both solid and liquid components. The liquid can be voided by itself or with the solid […]

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The Effect Of Wildfires On Equine Lungs: What We Know

As animal lovers the world over continue to watch and worry over the massive brush fires in Australia, experts say it’s important to consider the impact not just of the flames, but of smoke. Smoke from wildfires takes its toll on the respiratory systems of everything in its path, including horses. Drs. Stephanie Laura Bond, […]

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New Monitoring System Keeps Eyes On Horses While Owners Can’t

Horseware Products, an Irish-based company, has partnered with Taoglas, an antenna and RF optimization company, to create a horse blanket that has an attachable electronic monitoring device. When connected to the Horsepal app, horse owners and caretakers can monitor a horse’s temperature to clue in to their health and comfort levels. The data is cloud-based, […]

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One-Eyed Fan Favorite Patch Will Be Retired To Old Friends

Fourteenth in the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Calumet Farm’s fan favorite Patch will be retiring to Lexington, Ky.’s Old Friends Farm this year. Park Equine Hospital announced the news on Facebook Thursday afternoon, stating that the 6-year-old son of Union Rags was getting checked out at the facility before his retirement. The one-eyed horse’s most notable […]

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A Heavy Matter: Weight And Horse Welfare

With the rise in equestrian waistlines, the debate on how much weight a horse can carry before it affects his welfare, health and performance has ramped up. Drs. Janne Winther Christensen, Suzie Bathellier, Marie Rhodin, Rupert Palme and Mette Uldahl created a study using 20 horse-and-rider combinations, increasing the rider-to-horse weight ratio by 15 to […]

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Study Finds Horses Very Reactive To Human Facial Expressions

It’s long been known that horse’s react to human emotions, but a new study shows just how in-tune equines are to their human counterparts. To test their emotional aptitude, Dr. Léa Lansade, of the French Horse and Riding Institute and the National Institute for Agricultural Research, and graduate student Miléna Trösch projected short video clips […]

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Humans Aren’t The Only Ones Who Are Sleep Deprived

A new study shows that nearly 20 percent of horses are suffering from lack of sleep. Dr. Juan de Benedetti of Brunel University studied 43 healthy horses to determine their sleep patterns. Each horse wore a Trackener device to track their sleep patterns for a minimum of 48 hours; the device uses motion sensors to […]

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