Take It To Heart: Heart Rate Monitors Provide Insight Into Equine Welfare

A horse’s heart rate can tell owners and caretakers a lot about his fitness and overall health; an increased heart rate can indicate an underlying problem before any outward signs manifest. An increased heart rate can be indicative of pain or stress. Because of this, it’s important to know a horse’s resting heart rate so […]

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Different Breed, Different Microbiome? Not Necessarily

The equine intestinal microbiome is an ecosystem within a horse’s gastrointestinal system; it’s a population of fungi, yeast, bacteria and protozoa, reports The Horse. The microbiota in the gut has multiple roles, including protecting horses from infection, helping with digestion and nutrient absorption, triggering the immune system and providing energy. The number of microorganisms found […]

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Energy Saver: Study Shows That Racehorses Gallop Efficiently

A new study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) shows that racehorses use less energy to gallop that was previously believed. Using force-plate technology, which measures ground reaction forces, the research team was able to accurately measure the external work used when horses gallop. This was the first time the technique has been used on […]

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Pasture Pointers To Increase Horse Health

Pasture quantity and quality affects the nutritional value it offers horses, as does the season and the amount of grazing time offered. A horse consumes more grass per hour in pastures that are lush; overgrazed or weedy pastures will offer little in the way of nutritional value and will be consumed more slowly. Here are […]

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