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Gut Check: What Equine Microbes Reveal

Microbes found in the gut of horses and ponies are key to their wellbeing, though the link between the two is not well understood. A study that used fecal samples from 35 Welsh Mountain pony mares over the course of two years is suggesting that obesity may have a greater effect on gut microbes than […]

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Man-Made Chemicals Linked To Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Research from the University of Minnesota has shown that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a horse’s environment may lead to the development of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). Typically manmade, these chemicals are found in plastics, personal care products and pesticides. They are prevalent in the environment and mimic hormones, blocking a horse’s real hormones from accomplishing […]

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Therapeutic Riding Has Positive Impact On Stress Levels Of Autistic Adolescents

Researchers at Slippery Rock University recently completed a study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) focused on the comparative effectiveness of stress management techniques and Therapeutic Riding (TR) on stress levels of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The team, led by principal investigator Dr. Martha Kemeny, compared an evidence-based stress management […]

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Can Horses Hydrate From Snow? Yes, But…

Providing clean, unfrozen water in the winter can be difficult for equine caretakers, but access to water at all times helps prevent health issues like impaction colic.¬†Though horses may like to nibble snow, the vast majority of horses cannot meet its water intake needs from snow alone, reports The Horse. A Norwegian study used Icelandic […]

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Anthropomorphism Not Always A Threat To Equine Health

A study out of Australia shows that horse owners believe that access to pasture and an equine buddy meet a horse’s behavioral and social needs. Lead by researcher Kirrilly Thompson and Larissa Clarkson, of the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the national survey found that owners felt they could improve their horse’s well-being by offering […]

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Study: Magnesium Doesn’t Mellow Horses As Originally Believed

Thought for years to have a calming effect on equines, magnesium may not be the miracle relaxer it has been touted to be. A new Australian study shows that the mineral may not slow reaction speed responses. These finding are contrary to a 2015 study using Standardbreds that showed magnesium aspartate to significantly reduce average […]

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Study Shows Thyroxine Harmful To Racing Performance, Equine Health

A study completed by Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine shows that the use of thyroxine as a supplement in racehorses can be detrimental to performance and cause cardiac arrhythmias. Kritchevsky noted that thyroid issues in horses are rare; bloodwork that shows thyroid hormone concentrations above the norm don’t necessarily […]

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Copper-Coated Nails Prove Beneficial To Hoof Health

Copper has long been hailed by humans due to its electric conductivity, malleable nature and perceived health benefits, and science has proven that the soft metal has antibacterial properties, as it can kill bacteria and other microbes on contact. Recently this has led some blacksmiths in Australia to begin testing the benefits of using copper […]

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Do Horses Try To Tell Us When They’re Lame?

A recent study assessed how accurately veterinarians can identify pain in ridden horses. Led by Dr. Sue Dyson, the Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, the vets used a set of 24 behaviors (called an ethogram) to asses pain responses in horses while they […]

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Laminitic Horses Needed For Research Trial

Equine laminitis is a potentially devastating condition that has plagued horse owners for decades. Despite the amount of research dollars spent on finding a solution, no significant strides in recovery or management rates have been made. There have been no new medications developed, but many therapies have been explored, with some having merit while others […]

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