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Canadian Researchers Embark On Study Of Air Pollution And EIPH

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) is estimated to affect between 44 and 85 percent of Thoroughbreds and 87 percent of Standardbreds worldwide. Racehorse owners and trainers are concerned that EIPH can shorten a racehorse’s career or even cause sudden death. Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisim of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Pathobiology, is part of a team […]

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How To Keep Horses Safe During Temperature Swings

In their natural state, horses are quite adaptable to large temperature swings. However, when humans alter their environment or move them from one climate to another, they could have difficulty handling diverse weather. When horses are allowed to adjust gradually to temperature changes, they rarely have issues, reports The Horse. It’s the rapid swings in […]

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The Heat Is On And Hard For Some Racehorses

Exertional heat illness (EHI) in competition horses is becoming more prevalent as temperatures rise across the globe. Affected horses may kick out randomly, shake their head, paw or be reluctance to move. Horses affected with EHI may take longer to recover after exercise, breathe rapidly, sweat profusely and hav a rapid heartrate for longer than […]

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Study: Horse Owners More Confident In Colic Recognition Than They Should Be

A 2014 survey of 1,331 horse owners revealed crucial gaps in horse owner’s knowledge of colic and how to respond to an episode of it. This lack of knowledge was the driver behind the creation of the REACT To Beat Colic campaign in Britain, which was developed by the University of Nottingham and the British […]

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Handling The Heat: A Hot Topic At Kentucky Equine Networking Association Dinner 

A diverse group of equine enthusiasts escaped the high temperatures in Lexington, KY, for an air-conditioned evening attending the summer session of the Kentucky Equine Networking Meeting (KENA). Presented by the Kentucky Horse Council and held at The Red Mile Clubhouse, a panel of horse-care experts gathered to discuss a topic that has been at […]

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Test Event To Provide Guidelines For Olympic Equine Athletes

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo pose a unique challenge to equestrian sport: the climate. Notoriously hot and humid, the welfare of the competing equine athletes is of great concern to the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international horse sport. To help anticipate potential issues and to ensure the safety of the horses […]

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What Are Symptoms, Treatments For Heat Stroke In Horses?

Heat stroke in horses occurs when a horse is asked to exert a lot of energy in excessively hot or humid conditions. In this type of weather, a horse cannot lose body heat rapidly enough to cool himself off and his temperature can rise rapidly. Also called hyperthermia, this condition is considered an emergency and […]

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Stripes May Help Zebras Handle The Heat

The stripes on zebra coats may do more than just assist with fly control: They may help control body temperature, new research shows. Small-scale convection currents created between the stripes aid evaporation and the zebra’s ability to erect the hair on their black stripes also helps with heat loss. Former biology technician Alison Cobb and […]

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Equine Advice For Dealing With Hot Summer Temperatures

Though most horses adjust readily to hot summers days with high humidity, it’s important to keep an eye on how each horse is handling the warmer temps and to make adjustments as necessary. Keeping tabs on vital signs, weather forecasts and horse behavior can help avert potential heat-related complications, reports The Horse. During hot weather, […]

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New “Fitbit” Prototype May Be Gamechanger For Equine Athletes

A new wearable activity-tracking device for horses may be able to boost equine performance and welfare when in use. Created by Ben Metcalfe of the University of Bath, the EquiVi provides real-time measurements of a horse’s vital signs over long periods of time and during exercise. It’s believed that the ability to track these signs […]

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