It Must Be The Genes: Australian Thoroughbreds Have Specific Signature For Early Success

Irish researchers say that Australian Thoroughbreds have their own genetic signature that relates to locomotion, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiac function and behavior. Breeders, by selecting for these specific traits, have made choices that contribute to early 2-year-old speed. Drs. Haige Han, Beatrice McGivney, Gabriella Farries, Lisa Katz, David MacHugh, Imtiaz Randhawa and Emmeline Hill used […]

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Is Thoroughbred Influence Still Needed In Showjumping?

Showjumping has evolved dramatically from where it began, with more-technical courses and a shorter time allowed in competition. These changing parameters require much more speed and adjustability than just pure equine force that was sufficient in years past. The need for speed and reactivity led many breeds to introduce Thoroughbred blood into their breeding. But […]

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Updated Equine Weight App Released

The University of Minnesota has updated their app to help horse owners better calculate the weight of a horse. The Healthy Horse App uses new equations to calculate weight, which is important information of owners and caretakers know to feed and administer medication properly. The app caters to young and adult Miniature Horses, stock horses, […]

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Age-Old Question: How Old Is Too Old To Breed A Mare?

Generally, mares are past their reproductive prime when they reach 15 to 16 years old. There are mares that can carry and deliver healthy foals into their 20s, but the majority of them have had multiple successful pregnancies before. To see if a mare can be bred, a veterinarian should perform a breeding soundness exam […]

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Nothing To Sneeze At: Certain Horse Breeds More Hypoallergenic Than Others

There’s some good news for people suffering from allergies to horses: not all horses trigger the same sorts of allergic reactions. German research has found that some equine breeds elicit a lesser allergic reaction in people than others. Researcher Eva Zahradnik from the Ruhr-University Bochum published a study in PLOS ONE on the Bashkir Curly […]

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Cloning Controversy: The Highlights

Cloning has allowed horse lovers the option of keeping a (genetic) piece of their beloved equines around for longer much than the average horse’s life expectancy. First accomplished on a sheep in July of 1996, cloning has come a long way, but core issues remain: Cloning is expensive. Producing a cloned horse can cost more […]

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