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A Horse’s Hidden Stress: Bridling

Though a horse might not show typical outward signs of stress when he learns to be bridled, the introduction of a bit can be stressful. Nicole Bradley, a student at the Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, England, completed a student dissertation project to assess the stress response of horses who had not been bitted […]

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Are Horses That Crib Cognitively Impaired?

Stereotypic behavior in horses, like cribbing, weaving or stall walking, has previously been believed to present in horses that experienced a combination of less-than-ideal living conditions and that had a genetic predisposition. A popular hypothesis stated that animals that took part in stereotypic behaviors are less cognitively flexible and therefore less equipped to deal with […]

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Has Endurance Racing Morphed Into ‘Win At All Cost’ Flat-Track Racing?

The American The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) executive committee, in a letter to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the governing body of horse sport in the United States, has requested immediate withdrawal of funding to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) endurance events held outside U.S. borders. An international discipline, the sport of endurance […]

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Aromatherapy For Equines: Nothing To Sniff At

The University of Arizona has recently completed research that shows that lavender can help manage equine stress. Horses can experience stress from many different situations, including training, trailering, and farrier and veterinary visits as well as from bathing, clipping and being tacked up, among other situations. Recently published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, […]

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Simple Actions Can Help Save Equine Lives When Time Is Of The Essence

The British Horse Society (BHS) welfare conference recently reminded horse owners that they are capable of delivering lifesaving care to their horses while the vet is en route. Nicola Jarvis, a veterinary surgeon, said that the key is knowing the horse, reports Horse & Hound. Knowing the normal resting respiration rate, heart rate, temperature and […]

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Wearable Device Allows Horses To ‘Tell’ Owners How They Feel

Most horse owners and trainers have wished at some point that their horse could tell them when something was wrong or if they didn’t feel well. Now, they can—just not in so many words. Similar to human fitness-tracking wristbands, SeeHorse is a wearable device that can keep track of a horse’s temperature, pulse and respiratory […]

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