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Preliminary Findings From University Of Kentucky Study On Indoor Arenas Released

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment graduate student Staci McGill set out to learn more about the air quality of indoor horse arenas last year, she was surprised to discover there wasn’t any existing research available. So she forged the way with first-of-its-kind research, melding her passion for riding with her […]

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Grant Awarded To Study Effects Of Equine-Assisted Therapy On Horses & In Vets Diagnosed With PTSD

Horses and Humans Research Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurie McDuffee and her team from Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. The purpose of this project, psychophysiological effects of equine-assisted therapy on horses and in veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is to explore the efficacy of […]

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New App To Track Trends In Horse Behavior, Expected To Impact Equine Welfare

The bond between horses and humans, and horse behavior, has intrigued both scientists and equine enthusiasts alike for centuries. The knowledge base that currently reigns is a mix of practical information and myth. Researchers at the University of Sydney have launched a questionnaire to create a global database of equine behavior; both veterinarians and horse […]

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Study: Depending On Means Of Delivery, Prebiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

Prebiotics, indigestible fibers that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, are often added to horse feed, though little research has been done to determine if they are truly helpful to a horse’s digestive system. Dr. Annette Zeyner, head of the animal nutrition group at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, and […]

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Morris Animal Foundation Awards $940,000 For New Studies Benefiting Horse And Alpaca Health

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, has awarded grants totaling $940,000 to 12 research projects in horse and alpaca health. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the well-being of these large animals through improved prevention and treatment of numerous health challenges, including equine herpesvirus, strangles and fungal infection. “Each of these […]

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Tradition Plays Large Role In How Humans Act Around Horses

Australian researchers recently conducted a study on human interactions with horses, looking specifically at the perception of risk, influences on safety behavior and what has affected these behaviors and beliefs. The researchers determined that safety principles are influenced by tradition: the Western and Australian respondents were very vocal about their traditions, while the English and […]

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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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Causes Of Colic: More Than Just Feed Changes

Equine management changes can increase the risk of colic, and it’s not just the changing of feed horse owners and caretakers need to be concerned with: changes in exercise, pasture, water or housing can also up a horse’s risk of gastrointestinal distress. Also, a new study shows that the more caregivers a horse has, the […]

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Professionals’ Circle, Rider Ambassador Program Launched By Grayson-Jockey Club

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation recently announced the creation of a Professionals’ Circle Program and Rider Ambassador Program, both of which are sponsored by sport horse enthusiast Jacqueline B. Mars. Through the Professionals’ Circle Program, members can offer monetary contributions as well as their time toward supporting Grayson’s work and research. Stakeholders and fans from […]

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Microbial Populations Change With Equine Eating Habits

The equine gastrointestinal tract contains microorganisms that help a foal grow into a healthy weanling. These microorganisms change from the time a horse is born until it is weaned, when he transitions to solid foods. Researchers set out to determine which microbial populations are healthy and which are not; they also sought to determine how […]

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