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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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Horses: Some Like It Hot; Others Don’t

Warm weather is already arriving in some parts of the country and while most horses are able to exert energy without worry during the hot and humid weather, other horses struggle. Fitness and conditioning can help a horse’s cardiovascular system move heat from the muscles to the skin, where the heat is evaporated from sweat […]

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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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Bad Behavior Or Sign Of Pain? Horses Are Trying To Tell Us

Any time a horse expresses resistance or undesirable behavior, it’s worthwhile to investigate why—it’s not always a training issue he’s simply refusing to do; the horse may be in pain. Horses have no ulterior motive; they simply seek relief from discomfort. Identifying the root cause of the discomfort the horse is trying to get away […]

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Santa Anita: Main Track ‘Where It Should Be’ During Monday’s Light Training

Santa Anita Park’s one mile main track reopened for limited training Monday morning as horses jogged and galloped from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., with three interruptions for regularly scheduled renovations. Additionally, Santa Anita’s six furlong inner training track was reopened for timed workouts, as 133 horses received official clockings for breezes at distances from […]

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Repeat After Me: Study Shows Biomarkers Again Linked To Injury Risk In Thoroughbreds

Orthopedic injuries in racehorses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of lost training days; these injuries have an impact on equine welfare and income generated from racing. Injury diagnosis and prevention has been at the forefront of racehorse research, and a new study has again shown that serum biomarkers in bone and cartilage can be […]

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Study: Time Off And Decreased Training May Reduce Microfractures In Racehorses

Microdamage to the bones in the joints of racehorses has been detected in multiple studies, but a cut-and-dry answer on how to prevent this damage is not clear. The accumulation of subchondral bone microdamage in the forelegs of racehorses is thought to lead to more significant bone damage, including fractures, which can be life-threatening. A […]

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Effectiveness Of Monty Roberts’ Dually Halter Called Into Question

Professional natural horsemanship trainer Monty Roberts designed the Dually halter to encourage the horse to respect the handler with minimal pressure. The halter has an adjustable double noseband as well as left and right side training rings. Roberts believes that the halter has helped him train more than 4,000 horses that will not load. A […]

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Training On Hard Tracks Could Cause Injury To Harness Horses

Harness horses race on much harder tracks than Thoroughbreds, and while these tracks may have some benefits, a new study shows they also increase risk of injury. Researchers used diagnostic imaging on twelve 3-year-old Standardbred racehorses to look for damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Dr. Nathalie Crevier-Denoix and colleagues followed the Standardbred racehorses, […]

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Negative Reinforcement: Good For Some Lessons, Not For Others

Negative reinforcement is a training tool that is often misunderstood, or even met with negative associations. In its simplest form, negative reinforcement applies painless, but unpleasant, pressure to the subject until the desired behavior is achieved. For example, when our cars produce an unpleasant beep or tone until all passengers put on their seat belts, […]

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