Latest Horse Articles & News

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

Two years after her graduation, Isabelle Chea’s undergraduate thesis on equine aromatherapy has been reborn as a peer-reviewed, published research paper in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

Isabelle Chea’s goal for her University of Arizona Honors College thesis was simple — find a topic that interested her and supported her dream of working in the medical field. But she had no idea the field she would be doing her research in would be filled with horses.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

Susanne Åkesson, a biologist at Lund University in Sweden, refutes the theory that zebras have striped fur to stay cool in the hot sun. That hypothesis is wrong, she and her colleagues show in a study recently published in Scientific Reports.

There has been an ongoing discussion among researchers, dating back to Darwin, on why zebras have their signature black and white stripes.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

From ‘Saintly’ to ‘So You Think’ and ‘Winx’– for every champion Thoroughbred racehorse, there is a team working hard behind the scenes to keep these racing athletes in the best of health.

According to specialist equine surgeon, Dr Chris O’Sullivan, lameness is the major cause of lost training days in racing Thoroughbreds. Dr Chris O’Sullivan will discuss strategies for investigating lameness and other problems in Thoroughbred horses at the Australian Veterinary Association’s Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures tomorrow in Sydney.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

In the past, twin births have been known to account for up to 30% of abortion rates in horses. Although the incidence of twin births is low at just 1-2%, when it does occur, it can cause serious health and welfare consequences and result in economic loss to owners.

US-based equine reproductive specialist, Dr Karen Wolfsdorf, will discuss techniques that horse owners can implement to avoid twin losses during the Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures today.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

New research reveals that the practice of veterinary dentistry was innovated on the open steppes of Mongolia and eastern Eurasia — and dates back more than 3,000 years.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has welcomed the government’s announcement of increased funding for disease surveillance as part of a $137.8 million investment in biosecurity.

President of the AVA, Dr Paula Parker, said that general disease surveillance is important to maintain Australia’s favourable animal health status and for the early detection of animal disease outbreaks.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

Scientists demonstrated for the first time that horses integrate human facial expressions and voice tones to perceive human emotion, regardless of whether the person is familiar or not.

Recent studies showed the herd-forming animal possesses high communication capabilities, and can read the emotions of their peers through facial expressions and contact calls, or whinnies. Horses have long been used as a working animal and also as a companion animal in sports and leisure, establishing close relationships with humans just like dogs do with people.

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Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

A Loughborough University academic is to assess how equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) impacts people living with and beyond cancer.

For three years, Dr Carly Butler, of the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, will be evaluating a new Macmillan Cancer Support service launched in Derbyshire that aims to use horses to improve the emotional health of people affected by cancer.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

Donkeys may have worn bits as early as the third millennium BCE, long before the introduction of horses in the ancient Near East, according to a study published May 16, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Haskel Greenfield from University of Manitoba, Canada, Aren Maeir from Bar-Ilan University, and colleagues.

By: HYAdmin
Fri, 2019-05-24 12:49

Thoroughbred racehorses have something of a reputation. The perception is that they are generally trained for one job, to run fast. The expectations for other desired behaviours, e.g. to lead correctly, stop lightly, accept hoof handling, and other maintenance procedures and to keep their heads in stressful situations might fall by the wayside; as long as they can run!

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