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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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$50,000 Available To Researchers Investigating The Therapeutic Effects Of Horses On Humans

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for […]

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It’s A Small World After All: Animal Body Mass Expected To Decline

Mammals and birds will get smaller over the next century, scientists at the University of Southampton predict. They believe that the animals that thrive will be small, highly fertile, insect-eating animals that can survive in a variety of habitats, like songbirds and rodents. Larger animals that need a special environment to exist will become extinct. […]

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Ukrainian Test May Make Invasive Blood Draws A Thing Of The Past

In news from the world of veterinary medicinal product development, the State Scientific Control Institute of Veterinary Medicinal Products and Feed Additives in Lviv, Ukraine is moving forward with an innovative research project using Mitra®microsampling devices, powered by Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology. The laboratory has developed a quick and accurate LC-MS/MS method for measuring florfenicol, an antibiotic used […]

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Sable Island’s Feral Horses Perishing From Starvation And Worms

Horses have been found on Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, since the 18th century. Though hardy, the feral horses are dying; a team of researchers has been investigating the cause of the recent deaths. Dr. Emily Jenkins, one of the researchers, has discovered that the horses are perishing from starvation as well […]

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Stable Vices Don’t Equal Lower Intellect, Study Finds

Horses with stable vices like weaving and cribbing may be stressed, but they are not any mentally slower than their less-troubled equine counterparts. According to behaviorists, between 10 and 20 percent of domestic horses exhibit these behaviors, but none of theses is seen in wild horses. These stereotypic behaviors arise during times of chronic stress, […]

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