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Study: Common Equine Management Methods Harm Horse Health

Confining horses to individual stalls is a common form of equine management around the world, though this means of living is contrary to a horse’s natural instincts to live in a herd, exercise and eat nearly constantly. Researchers from France investigated 12 housing and management factors to determine what effect, if any, they had on […]

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Eat Up: Anise Flavoring May Make Horse Feed More Palatable

Many horses like the taste of peppermint and apple, and oftentimes these flavors are added to the feed and medicines in an effort to make them more palatable. Jesse Francis, a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, was curious about other flavors horses preferred, so she created a study to determine which oil-based flavorings horses […]

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Hear Me Out: Horses Remember Specific Voices

Many horse owners feel gratified when they call their horse and hear him he answer them with a nicker or a whinny. A recent study published in the journal Nature suggests it may be true that the horse recognizes not just a human voice calling him to dinner, but specific human voices. Previous research has […]

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The Advantage Of Feeding Oats

Horses on the track are fed multiple pounds of feed per day. Oftentimes this feed includes sweet feed and oats. Oats have been fed by horse owners, and specifically racehorse trainers, for years. The starch content in oats is significantly less than other grains like wheat and corn; oat starch is also more digestible, meaning […]

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Causes Of Colic: More Than Just Feed Changes

Equine management changes can increase the risk of colic, and it’s not just the changing of feed horse owners and caretakers need to be concerned with: changes in exercise, pasture, water or housing can also up a horse’s risk of gastrointestinal distress. Also, a new study shows that the more caregivers a horse has, the […]

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Study: No Mechanism Can Stop A Determined Equine Escape Artist

Most equine enthusiasts have known a Horse Houdini that can let themselves out of nearly any locked situation. Researchers have discovered that there is not one conventional door or gate latch that cannot be opened by a determined equine—some horses have even been able to open locks that required keys! Until this study, completed by […]

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US Equestrian Federation Issues Warnings On Two Prohibited Substances

A plethora of competition horses have tested positive for synephrine, a banned substance found in the leaves of citrus trees. Used in herbal and nutritional supplements, the US Equestrian Federation has issued a warning regarding the use of the stimulant, which can cause vasoconstriction, increasing heart rate and aiding in weight loss. Synephrine is listed […]

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Can Diet Deter Skin Issues In Horses?

Scratches, also known as mud fever, pastern dermatitis or grease heel, is an infection that occurs on the back of a horse’s heels, but can spread up a horse’s cannon bones. Scratches can occur in horses that are turned out in wet or muddy conditions, those that have cuts on their legs from insect bites […]

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Two Feed Mills Warned About Monensin-Tainted Horse Feed

Warning letters have been issued by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to two feed mills that horse feed mixed at their facilities have tested positive for monensin. Monensin, a drug approved for used in cattle, swine and poultry, is highly toxic and potentially lethal to horses. According to reports, Gilman Co-Op Creamery […]

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Q and A: How To Feed An Underweight Horse

In a recent question and answer column on TheHorse.com, a reader asked veterinarian Dr. Clair Thunes, PhD about the best ways to put weight on an off-track Thoroughbred she recently adopted. The horse, says the reader, is selective in what it wants to eat and is generally disinterested in hay and pellets. Thunes, who is […]

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