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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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Get A Load Of This: Study Helps Determine Potential Mechanical Cause Of Injury

Scientists are using inertial sensors to learn how horse hooves interact with the ground. This information will help researchers discover more about the strain on horse’s legs and the causes of injury. Dr. Jeff Thomason at the Ontario Veterinary College has been studying hoof/ground interaction as well as shock and the forces that act on […]

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Are Horses That Crib Cognitively Impaired?

Cribbing is a familiar stereotype in horses that is commonly seen as a type of stress relief. The term ‘cribbing’ refers to a horse horse placing his top teeth on a fixed structure and contracting the lower neck muscles. The activity has no obvious function. Cribbing appears to become more frantic at times of stress, and […]

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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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Hear Me Out: Horses Remember Specific Voices

Many horse owners feel gratified when they call their horse and hear him he answer them with a nicker or a whinny. A recent study published in the journal Nature suggests it may be true that the horse recognizes not just a human voice calling him to dinner, but specific human voices. Previous research has […]

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Sounds Fishy: Can Goldfish Keep Water Tanks Clean?

The University of Minnesota conducted a study to determine if placing goldfish in water tanks can help keep them clean. The research team used 100-gallon plastic and metal stock tanks, both with and without goldfish. They placed the tanks in a dry lot where six adult horses lived. The tanks with the goldfish contained five […]

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Genetic Differences Determine If Standardbreds Trot Or Pace

Scientists have recently identified genetic variants that are responsible for determining whether a horse trots or paces. An algorithm has been created that is 99.4 percent accurate at determining which way a horse will move. Prior to this discovery, it was known that a “gait-keeper gene” existed; mutations on the DMTR3 gene resulted in a […]

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Most Owners Believe Horses Have Emotions; Sometimes Feelings Are Ignored

Many equine owners feel their horses have emotions. However, people continue to manage horses in ways that could garner negative emotions, Dr. Maria Hotzel of the Federal University of Santa Catarina Laboratory of Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare, in Florianópolis, Brazil says. Isolating a horse or exposing him to stressful situations, while they cause negative […]

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