performance

Shake It Off: Vibrating Therapy Relaxes Horses, Study Shows

While many equine riders and owners feel that whole-body vibration therapy (WBV) can improve a horse’s athletic performance, minimal research has been done to determine its benefits, reports The Horse. Seneca Sugg, a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, created a study using 12 healthy and sound horses to determine if WBV affected a […]

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New “Fitbit” Prototype May Be Gamechanger For Equine Athletes

A new wearable activity-tracking device for horses may be able to boost equine performance and welfare when in use. Created by Ben Metcalfe of the University of Bath, the EquiVi provides real-time measurements of a horse’s vital signs over long periods of time and during exercise. It’s believed that the ability to track these signs […]

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Horses May Show Stress In Unusual Ways

Horses are prey animals whose flight response is deeply ingrained in their DNA. Because of this, most horses are reactive to unfamiliar sights and sounds, despite domestication. However, most horses adapt to new environments quickly as they learn that what they perceived as stressful is no longer a threat. Some horses, however, do not adjust […]

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Study Shows Thyroxine Harmful To Racing Performance, Equine Health

A study completed by Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine shows that the use of thyroxine as a supplement in racehorses can be detrimental to performance and cause cardiac arrhythmias. Kritchevsky noted that thyroid issues in horses are rare; bloodwork that shows thyroid hormone concentrations above the norm don’t necessarily […]

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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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Study Finds Mild Asthma Common In Racehorses

Many Thoroughbred racehorses have mild asthma from inhaling fine airborne particles, according to a recent study. Conducted by Drs. Kathleen Ivester, Laurent Couëtil and George Moore of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, the study was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Inflammatory airway disease, also called equine asthma, is a common reason why racehorses […]

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