Latest Horse Articles & News

The equine herald of a new age - Horseyard.com.au
April 26, 2018

As they had for more than a decade, Stuart Tyson Smith and his colleagues were excavating a tomb in what was Upper Nubia in their years-long UC Santa Barbara-Purdue University mission to understand the history of an ancient village on the fringes of Egyptian dominance.

But rather than finding mummified human remains, they unearthed the skeleton of a horse so well-preserved it had hair on its legs. It had been covered with a burial shroud, and among the items found with it was a piece of iron that appeared to be a cheek piece from a bridle.

Giving Equine Herpes Virus the wobbles - Horseyard.com.au
April 19, 2018

Work aimed at developing a new vaccine to protect against abortigenic and neurological equine herpes virus (EHV) has begun at veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Healthy soil lifts animal weight - Horseyard.com.au
April 13, 2018

Managing soil by well-designed grazing is the key to an animal’s growth and wellbeing shows new research that links soil health, pasture value and sustainable production

Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm’s overall agricultural income, and those differences are most likely attributable to the varying levels of “soil health” provided by its grazing livestock, reveals a study published today.

Can behaviour indicate disease risk in horses travelling long distances? - Horseyard.com.au
April 6, 2018

It is commonly known that horses travelling by road over long distances have an increased risk of respiratory illness following long journeys. Some horses seem to cope well, whilst others seem to be more susceptible to post-travel sickness. What if we could predict which horses are most likely to get sick and, therefore, implement prevention and treatment regimes more effectively?

Landmark pilot study addresses effects of rider weight on equine performance - Horseyard.com.au
March 9, 2018

Results of a new pilot study on the effects of rider weight on equine performance, presented at the National Equine Forum on 8 March 2018, show that high rider: horse bodyweight ratios can induce temporary lameness and discomfort. In simple terms, if the rider is excessively heavy for the horse in question it can have a negative impact on the performance of the horse.

Research into the family tree of today’s horses sheds new light on the origins of the species - Horseyard.com.au
February 27, 2018

Pioneering research into the family tree of today’s horses sheds new light on the origins of the species.

The earliest known domesticated horses are not at the root of today’s modern breed’s family tree, as had previously been thought, new research has shown.

It had been suggested that that Botai horses, from Kazakhstan, were the progenitors of all modern domesticated breeds found worldwide.

How the Vikings spread gaited horses across the world - Horseyard.com.au
August 9, 2016

Some horses have special gaits, which are more comfortable for the rider than walk, trot or gallop. Now, a study by an international research team under the direction of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin revealed that these gaited horses most likely originated in the 9th century medieval England. From there they were brought to Iceland by the Vikings and later spread all over Europe and Asia. These findings were published in the current issue of the journal “Current Biology”.

May 21, 2015

Sylvester
In search of a hefty paycheck, cowgirl Melissa Gilbert enlists a former cavalryman to help her win a prestigious three-day event with her favorite bronco.

Spirit:  Stallion of the Cimarron
As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he be friends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

The Silver Stallion: King of the Wild Brumbies
Russell Crowe plays a part in this movie about an Australian wild horse and the impact he has on a rural family.

March 27, 2015

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Horses out of India
November 24, 2014

Fossils suggest ancestor of horses and rhinos originated on the Asian subcontinent while it was still an island

Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues have filled in a major gap in science's understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. That group likely originated on the subcontinent when it was still an island headed swiftly for collision with Asia, the researchers report Nov. 20 in the online journal Nature Communications.