An Expert Answers: Do Racehorses Understand Winning And Losing?

Applying what science knows about animal cognition, is it possible to determine if a racehorse know if he wins or loses? Dr. Sue McDonnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine,┬áis doubtful that horses understand winning or losing a race run on a track as running on a […]

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Moon Phase And Colic: Is There A Correlation?

Moon phases can affect both humans and animals on many levels, from fluctuations in hormones to fertility levels to immune responses. However, there has been no concrete evidence that the phases of the moon effect a horse’s colic risk. Because of this, Lucile Vigouroux, Danielle Ferriola, Linda Ritchie and Dr. Jesslyn Bryk-Lucy, DVM, created a […]

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Abnormal Aggression In Horses Typically Triggered By Humans

Aggression occurs naturally in horses; it’s typically centered around establishing dominance and hierarchy within a herd. Aggression can be influenced by bloodlines, hormone levels, nervous system structure and human interaction, but there is also abnormal aggression, which can include self-directed aggression and aggression to offspring. Two Polish researchers, Katarzyna Olcsak and Czeslaw Kloceck, described in […]

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