Latest Horse Articles & News

Giddy up: help for plump ponies is fast on its way -
September 27, 2018

Help is on the way for plump ponies at risk of the painful, often deadly, condition of founder or laminitis which is the second biggest killer of domestic horses.

QUT Professor Martin Sillence, from QUT’s School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, said a new veterinary drug related to one used to treat human metabolic syndrome has been found to prevent laminitis in ponies with the equine version of metabolic syndrome.

Are we training our horses more than necessary? -
September 24, 2018

If you are repeatedly training your horse to do the same task every day, you could well be spending your time more productively. New research has found that horses have similar learning progress and remember a task just as well, when they are trained every three days, as when they are trained daily.

When the Rider is Hot, the Horse is Hotter -
September 1, 2018

A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both are exercising at a moderate level. Who is more likely to overheat?

It might surprise you to know that your horse gets hotter much faster than you and is more susceptible to the negative effects of heat stress.

Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, explains: “It only takes 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s temperature to dangerous levels. That’s three to 10 times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do.”

A Calmer Horse is Just a Sniff Away -
August 2, 2018

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.

Stripes may be cool – but they don’t cool zebras down -
July 20, 2018

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.

The team behind winning Thoroughbreds -
July 19, 2018

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.

Twins take toll on horses -
July 18, 2018

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.

Oldest evidence of horse veterinary care discovered in Mongolia -
July 3, 2018

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.

How do horses read human emotional cues? -
July 2, 2018

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.

Funding boost for biosecurity welcomed by veterinarians -
July 2, 2018

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.