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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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Helping Senior Equines Weather Winter Weather

Similar to the human lifespan, the equine lifespan has increased over the years, due in no small part to a deeper understanding of equine care and improved veterinary medicine. Like older people, older horses need some additional care to ensure they maintain a good quality of life when temperatures plummet. Owners and managers should pay […]

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ASPCA Grants $225,000 To Help Rehabilitate And Retrain Retired Racehorses

ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced it has granted $225,000 to nine equine rescue groups to support their efforts to rehabilitate and retrain retired racehorses. Launched in 2010, the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative has awarded over $2 million to prepare retired racers for new homes and second careers after […]

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Now Read This: FDA Suggests New Labeling To Combat Dewormer Resistance

Resistance to equine deworming medication has been a concern for the last few decades; the newest dewormer was invented in the 1960s and no new deworming medication is on the horizon. With many horse owners sticking to scheduled deworming protocol instead of performing fecal tests to determine the worm burden in each horse as an […]

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Edible Bale Wrap Will Reduce Wasted Hay

BioNet is an edible hay bale wrap designed to reduce wasted hay and silage. Designed by three Imperial College PhD students, the biopolymer is completely edible with no ill effects to animals that ingest it. Though no official testing has been completed, the wrapping has reached the finals of the Imperial College London Venture Catalyst […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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