Change In Gut Bacteria Linked To Equine Weight Gain

Researchers have found that bacteria in the equine gut declined as horses gained weight. Drs. Katharina Langner, Dominique Blaue, Carola Schedlbauer, Janine Starzonek, Veronique Julliand and Ingrid Vervuert created a study that examined the manure of 10 Shetland ponies and 10 Warmblood horses that were fed up to twice their daily energy requirements. The two-year […]

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Inedible Equine Bedding May Negatively Affect Welfare

Horses that are stabled multiple hours a day are generally fed two to three grain and forage meals while they are indoors. These horses are typically bedded on sawdust, shavings or some other non-edible bedding. A new German study suggests that this system of management is detrimental to a horse’s welfare. Horses prefer to eat […]

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Enriched Environment Leads To Innovative Equines

A German study has shown that an enriched stable environment can enhance a horse’s problem-solving abilities. The study, completed by Drs. Laureen Esch, Caroline Wöhr, Michael Erhard and Konstanze Krüger, used 16 horses to determine if they could find an innovative solution to gain access to feed in a new feeder. The scientists broke down […]

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Responses Needed For Equine Behavior Study

In an effort to explore how training and management influence equine behavior, and how this behavior affects equine welfare, scientists at the University of Sydney have designed a questionnaire that will eventually allow for the creation of a global database of equine behavior. Called the Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), the survey is […]

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Study: Blanketing And Equine Body Temperature

Though most horses can adapt to cold environments, many owners prefer to blanket their horses for additional protection from the elements. While there are a plethora of blanket styles, weights and varieties available, there are no standardized recommendations for blanket use. North Dakota State University’s Drs. Carolyn Hammer and Mattia Gunkelman used four stock-type horses […]

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Study: Stall Size And Direction During Travel Affect Equine Welfare

Wider stalls and facing rearward may reduce transport stress on horses during long journeys. Wider stalls were especially beneficial in making it easier for horses to keep their balance, a study has found. Horses that struggle to keep their balance on long journeys were found to have an increase in muscle enzymes and worse gastric […]

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Combination Of Common Drugs May Treat Placentitis In Mares

Researchers investigated tackling placentitis on three fronts using a combination of firocoxib, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and altrenogest (a progestin used to suppress estrus). Placentitis in pregnant mares can be a death knell for the foal they carry, but quick recognition of the infection and inflammation of the placenta, as well as a new drug protocol, may […]

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Can Polyurethane-Covered Shoes Bring Relief To Working Horses?

Researchers from Austria have found that steel horseshoes with a soft polyurethane covering that contacts the ground may help reduce overload of horse’s front legs. Drs. Lauren Veneta Moore, Theresia Franziska Licka and Rebeka Roza Zsoldos used four carriage-driving horses for the study. The horses, in teams of two, pulled carriages in Vienna, a city […]

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Short, Low Whinnies Indicate Horses Are Happy

Horses, like dogs, cats and other animals, use various vocalizations to express themselves. Swiss researchers have studied the vocalizations enough to understand what emotions the horses are displaying when they make them, reports EQUUS magazine. Drs. Briefer, Maigrot, Mandel, Freymond, Bachmann and Hillmann, from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich, used 20 horses […]

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