Genetics Behind Horse Height Helps Breeding Programs

Horse owners often try to predict the adult height of young horses. According to Welsh researchers*, knowing which genes play a role in regulating body size, including height, could provide important information regarding growth and development mechanisms, and contribute to mare and stallion selection in breeding programs. “A horse’s size influences both performance and maintenance decisions,” […]

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Cryotherapy For Laminitic Horses

Laminitis remains a common and devastating condition that frequently results in long-term incapacitation, recurrence of disease, and even loss of life. While laminitis can’t always be predicted or avoided, sepsis-related laminitis secondary to colic, colitis, or uterine infections, for example, may be avoided with cryotherapy. “Cryotherapy involves the controlled cooling of a horse’s hooves using either ice water […]

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Basic Components Of A Horse Hay Analysis

Hay is the main source of forage for many horses, especially if pasture is insufficient or not available. “Because hay often makes up such an important part of the diet, its nutritional value should be considered. A basic forage analysis can help horse owners and managers adjust concentrates and supplements based on the nutritional value […]

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Horse Owners Should Test Natural Water Sources For Iron

Iron plays important roles in the horse’s body, including oxygen transport and cellular respiration, which produces the energy expended by horses during exercise. Too little iron leaves horses dull and lethargic, whereas too much can build up in the body. “Excess dietary iron ultimately accumulates in the liver and certain types of blood cells. Abnormal accumulation of any mineral […]

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Horse Feeds: Understanding By-Product Ingredients

A number of nutritionally valuable ingredients are actually by-products of other feed- and food-manufacturing processes. By-products are eyed suspiciously by some horsemen but, in reality, they are often high-quality source of essential protein, fiber, and energy for horses. Soy and alfalfa are the major sources of protein (and essential amino acids) in horse feed, but […]

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What Does It Mean When A Horse Is ‘Foot-Sore’?

Most horse owners have heard the phrase “tender-footed,” meaning foot soreness, and the same number have probably dealt with the problem in one way or another, but what causes the problem and what can you do to avoid it? “Foot soreness is characterized by sensitivity when pressure is applied to the foot,” said Laura Petroski-Rose, […]

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Improving Stem Cell Therapy For Equine Arthritis

Veterinarians continue to look for an effective treatment—and a cure—for osteoarthritis in horses. The latest efforts focus on priming stem cells to decrease inflammation and alter immune cells within the joint. “Stem cells injected into a horse’s joint are exposed to substantial inflammation due to the underlying disease process. Therefore, priming stem cells by incubating them in an inflammatory […]

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Management Decisions Affect Muscle Development In Racehorses

Muscle problems, especially different forms of tying-up, can significantly, and sometimes permanently, sideline racehorses. Though the prevalence of recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER) has been studied in different parts of the world, researchers in New Zealand set out to determine feeding and management strategies for racehorses with RER.* A hundred Thoroughbred and Standardbred trainers were surveyed and the […]

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Science Supports Slow, Steady Weaning Of Foals

Ask ten breeders how they wean foals and you may receive ten different responses. How a foal is weaned can greatly affect short- and long-term health, according to a new study*. “In feral horse populations, foals aren’t weaned until they’re almost one year of age, when the mare is about to foal again. The process […]

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