Inedible Equine Bedding May Negatively Affect Welfare

Horses that are stabled multiple hours a day are generally fed two to three grain and forage meals while they are indoors. These horses are typically bedded on sawdust, shavings or some other non-edible bedding. A new German study suggests that this system of management is detrimental to a horse’s welfare. Horses prefer to eat […]

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Gender Stereotypes Do More Harm Than Good In Horse World — Especially For Mares

Studies have shown that people in the equine world have preconceived notions about horse temperament, behavior and rideability based solely on the horse’s gender—specifically mares. This bias could harm mares and fillies by causing them to be overlooked as mounts and companion animals, and potentially affect how humans interact with them. Unfounded prejudice can create […]

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Enriched Environment Leads To Innovative Equines

A German study has shown that an enriched stable environment can enhance a horse’s problem-solving abilities. The study, completed by Drs. Laureen Esch, Caroline Wöhr, Michael Erhard and Konstanze Krüger, used 16 horses to determine if they could find an innovative solution to gain access to feed in a new feeder. The scientists broke down […]

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British Horse Welfare Board Develops Plan For Lifetime Tracking Of OTTBs

Britain’s Horse Welfare Board has created a strategic plan to track British racehorses for their entire lives. The report, entitled A Life Well Lived, envisions rolling out this change and others over the next five years; the board notes that this is just one step in the process of ensuring racehorses in Britain are safe. […]

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Equine Emotion: Often Overlooked And Challenging To Measure

When talking about “equine welfare,” many people assume that if a horse has access to food, water and shelter, it is being cared for appropriately. New research shows that a horse’s emotional state is often ignored when experts are measuring that horse’s well-being. It can be difficult to objectively assess emotional welfare without precise measurements, […]

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New UK Mapping Tool To Help Prevent Spread Of Strangles

Horse & Hound reports that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has created a website that will provide up-to-date information on strangles diagnoses across the United Kingdom using a map function that highlights regions where strangles cases have been confirmed. Part of the surveillance of equine strangles project that was launched in April 2019, this website […]

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Horses Fed On Inconsistent Schedules Suffer Consequences

Horses rapidly get accustomed to being fed at specific times of day, and not receiving feed in a timely manner can make them more than just grumpy—it can be a recipe for stress that compromises equine welfare, reports The Horse. Dr. Manja Zupan of the Biotechnical Faculty in the Department of Animal Science at the […]

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Vets And Farriers Must Work Together To Keep Horses Healthy And Sound

Both veterinarians and farriers are of critical importance to equine welfare, and many times it’s essential that both professionals work in conjunction to keep a horse healthy and sound. While this can bring together a variety of personalities, it is possible for common ground to be found using care, consideration and respect. The issue of […]

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A Heavy Matter: Weight And Horse Welfare

With the rise in equestrian waistlines, the debate on how much weight a horse can carry before it affects his welfare, health and performance has ramped up. Drs. Janne Winther Christensen, Suzie Bathellier, Marie Rhodin, Rupert Palme and Mette Uldahl created a study using 20 horse-and-rider combinations, increasing the rider-to-horse weight ratio by 15 to […]

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