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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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Spit It Out: Cortisol In Saliva Not Only Indicator Of Stress In Horses

Cortisol levels in saliva have long been used as an indicator of stress in horses, but a new study has identified other markers that may be more accurate to determine the stress a horse experiences. Dr. María Contreras-Aguilar, Séverine Henry, Caroline Coste, Fernando Tecles, Damián Escribano, Jose Cerón and Martine Hausberger found that the level […]

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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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New Study Shows Horses Can Be Copycats

A new study from Germany suggests that horses are able to learn how to perform tasks by watching humans. Researchers Konstanze Krueger, Kira Bernauer, Hanna Kollross, Auriela Schuetz and Kate Farmer created a study that involved pressing a button to open a box, which contained pieces of carrot and an apple. The study horses were […]

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Stallside Blood Test Could Help In Diagnosing Equine Asthma

Equine asthma in horses can present in a variety of ways depending on how severely the horse is affected. Horses with severe asthma may cough and have increased heart and respiratory rates even when at rest, but horses with mild asthma are harder to detect; they may simply just not do well when asked for […]

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3D Mapping Of Atrial Fibrillation To Help Both Horses And Humans

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the University of Adelaide in Australia are collaborating to learn about heart rhythm disorders in horses, including atrial fibrillation. The scientists are using 3D mapping to learn more about the disorder, which also occurs in humans. Though exercise is healthy, too much exercise can cause scar […]

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Stretching Exercises Can Help Horses Return To Work After Colic Surgery

Colic surgery that opens a horse’s abdominal cavity requires an extensive recovery time, where the horse is generally kept as still as possible in a stall to allow his muscles to heal. Though necessary, this confinement causes a horse to lose muscle strength and tone, and makes the return to an athletic career even more […]

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The End Of Race Day Lasix? Two Studies Examine Effectiveness Of Dosing 24 Hours Pre-Race

In 2015, The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation sought research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) and how to control the condition without race-day medication. Two research projects were selected for funding, and now results are in. Both studies, which were recently published in peer-reviewed journals, were designed to test the effect of furosemide (Lasix) under […]

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British Study: Sexism Still A Problem In Veterinary Profession

A new study out of Britain has found that though the population of veterinary school students is increasingly female (over 75 percent), discrimination is still common: Female vets are more likely to remain assistants at veterinary clinics where they work, rather than partner or director. Researchers at the Lancaster University Management School and Open University Business […]

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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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