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Packing On The Pounds: The Skinny On Skinny Horses

Getting skinny horses to gain weight can be tough, but the only way to pack on the pounds is to maximize energy consumption. This is traditionally done through adding additional quality forage, adding grain or adding in a high-calorie supplement. Many horses can gain weight by being turned out on high-quality pasture for grazing for […]

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Hard To Breathe? Dusty Hay Hard On More Than Equine Lungs

Dusty hay can be hard on not just equine lungs, but human lungs as well. Emily Boyce was completing a project for her equine studies class at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, England, that involved studying hay, when she discovered just how dirty working with hay can be. Emily was wearing a face mask […]

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Hay Prices Skyrocket Because Of Forage Shortage

The weather has been rough for farmers and livestock owners this past year, with blizzards, flooding and fires. With the skyrocketing price for hay, there’s no end in sight to the stresses they are under. The price of hay has tripled for livestock owners in Missouri and throughout the Midwest; hay that was once $40 […]

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French Racehorses Banned, Then Reinstated, After Old Hay Led To Positive Drug Test

Two racehorses in France that tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, an anabolic steroid, were determined to have received the positive test from eating old hay. Both horses in the Haute-Loire tested positive for the drug on June 24 and July 14, 2018. The horses were banned and their trainers, who were considered to […]

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Easy To Swallow: Miniature Camera Shows Inside Of Equine Intestines

A tiny camera can now give veterinarians a peek into the inner workings of equine intestines, showing them any ulcers or injuries they may contain. Dr. Renaud Leguillette, professor of equine internal medicine in the University of Calgary’s Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Science, was interested to find out if  the camera, used in […]

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Safely Feeding Horses In Herds: It Can Be Done

While spending as much time as possible turned out is beneficial for horses, feeding them in groups can sometimes lead to problems as the more-dominant horses get most of the grain or hay, even when resources are plentiful. In the wild, stallions eat first, then mares, and finally young horses; in domesticated situations, dominance is […]

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Horses Still Need Turnout In Wintry Weather

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have shown that horses that live outside walk roughly the same distance every day, regardless of weather, indicating that the horses are not deterred by wintery weather. The study used four mares and five geldings that were turned out on a .85-acre pasture with small adjacent paddock area each […]

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Put Your Back In To It: Equine Topline Reveals Welfare Status

New research shows that a horse’s back can reveal insight into their mental state. The posture of companion animals like dogs and cats has long been understood to be indicative of things such as anxiety and fear; Dr. Emilie Sénèque, Clémence Lesimple and Martine Hausberger set out to determine if ongoing stressful situations, which lead to […]

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Hit Snooze: Feeding ‘Late’ Is Just Fine

Horses fed at the same time each day become conditioned to expect meals at specific times; most horses have no issue letting it be known if their food is late. While it may seem like horses should to be fed at the same time every day (or that’s what they tell you anyway), there’s no […]

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Bad Bedding? Straw Hard On Equine Lungs

Straw bedding and dry hay can be risk factors for inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in performance horses, a new study shows. Julie Dauvillier, Fe ter Woort and Emmanuelle van Erck‐Westergren, who represent the Equine Sports Medicine Practice in Waterloo, Belgium, studied the role of fungi in IAD. Horses affected with IAD generally have poor performance, […]

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