Research To Examine Whether Dementia Patients Benefit From Equine Therapy

Equimed reports that the University of California Davis School of Medicine, the Connected Horse and the Center for Equine Health have joined forces on a groundbreaking research study which will examine whether dementia patients and their caregivers can benefit from equine therapy. Non-mounted equine-assisted therapy is commonly accepted as beneficial for children and adults with […]

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Temple Grandin Equine Center Breaks Ground At Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) broke ground on the Temple Grandin Equine Center in Fort Collins on February 10. The Center will be located at CSU’s B.W. Pickett Equine Center. The Temple Grandin Equine Center will host multiple education and service programs, as well as equine-assisted activities and therapies, and undergraduate and research programs. A world-renowned […]

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2019: Significant Increases In EEE Cases In Horses And Humans

In 2019, there was a marked rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in both horses and humans. Last year, human cases of EEE were five times higher than average, with the most cases occurring in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina during August and September. It’s not clear what caused the […]

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Stallside Blood Test Could Help In Diagnosing Equine Asthma

Equine asthma in horses can present in a variety of ways depending on how severely the horse is affected. Horses with severe asthma may cough and have increased heart and respiratory rates even when at rest, but horses with mild asthma are harder to detect; they may simply just not do well when asked for […]

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Are Equines Empathetic? Maybe

It’s well known that horses are herd animals and tend to go with the flow when in a group situation. One horse that is startled can startle others, and the reverse is also true — one calm horse can calm others. When one human is affected by another individual, or shares the emotions of another, […]

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Not Just Playthings: Plastic Bones May Teach Anatomy To Future Veterinarians

Veterinarians in training may have a new way to learn equine anatomy: plastic bones. Using equine cadavers to teach students is cost-prohibitive: Preserving the bodies is expensive and the equipment to do so is also costly. Many schools now utilize only photos and text, as well as lectures, to disseminate information and keep costs down. […]

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Upcoming Study: Is A Common Cattle Parasite Responsible For Equine Abortions?

Nearly 40 percent of abortions in horses are from unknown causes, says Dr. Tracey Chenier of the Ontario Veterinary College. Beginning in September, she will be overseeing a study to determine if a parasite that causes abortion in cattle could be responsible for the same issue in broodmares. The parasite, Neospora caninum, was first identified […]

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Feeding Tips For Elderly Equines

As horses age, their dietary needs change; some equines may have trouble gaining weight while others become obese. Their teeth may wear down or fall out, making chewing difficult. The ability to absorb nutrients from feed may diminish, as well. Saliva production diminishes as a horse ages, so moistening his feed is a good way […]

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Anthropomorphism Not Always A Threat To Equine Health

A study out of Australia shows that horse owners believe that access to pasture and an equine buddy meet a horse’s behavioral and social needs. Lead by researcher Kirrilly Thompson and Larissa Clarkson, of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the national survey found that owners felt they could improve their horse’s well-being by offering […]

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