Author Archive for Neil Clarkson

Long, hot summer: Keeping horses happy when drought hits
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Long, hot summer: Keeping horses happy when drought hits

Keeping horses healthy during dry conditions isn’t a matter of luck.

The EHV-1 virus
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Study to delve into equine herpesvirus infection in NZ

Researchers hope for fresh insights into dangerous neurological form of EHV-1.

A Dales Pony named Shakespeare. Photo: Umbertones/Wikipedia
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General decline seen among rare British horse and pony breeds

Fall in numbers of breeding females, with the Dales Pony now critical.

Polo study finds helmet appearance outranks safety in buying decisions
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Polo study finds helmet appearance outranks safety in buying decisions

British study delves into falls and injuries among players.

NZ horse industry to sign biosecurity deal with Government
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NZ horse industry to sign biosecurity deal with Government

Agreement includes cost-sharing obligations.

The tongue of a horse with vesicular stomatitis.
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Major vesicular stomatitis outbreak no evidence of disease on the rise

2014 outbreak likely a result of good conditions for virus-carrying insects.

Food for thought: Review explores rangeland grazing
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Food for thought: Review explores rangeland grazing

Greatest potential dietary conflict between wild horses and cattle, review finds.

Netflix boss Reed Hastings believes broadcast TV will effectively be obsolete by 2030. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media, Inc
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Horse sport must cross the digital divide at full gallop

Changes in the media landscape will likely mean changes for horse sport, too.

Wayne Pacelle
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Spending bill keeps door closed on horse slaughter in the US

Legislation signed by US president continues defunding of meat inspections.

Princess Haya: Her departure in December has set up an intriguing contest for the presidency.
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The rocking-chair moment when Princess Haya decided the fate of her presidency

“I knew beyond any doubt that I would not be the next FEI president.”

Researchers pinpoint how to tell when a donkey is feeling better
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Researchers pinpoint how to tell when a donkey is feeling better

Findings of study aimed at helping world’s working donkeys.

Greenwich Park, venue for the Olympic Equestrian events of London 2012.
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Horse sports at the Olympics: You do the math

More flexibility in the Olympic programme sounds great, but the numbers are worrying.

Baku or bust: Deciding vote looms for five men chasing the FEI presidency
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Baku or bust: Deciding vote looms for five men chasing the FEI presidency

Presidency goes to the vote in Azerbaijan in a matter of days.

Should the FEI pony up and pay its president?
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Should the FEI pony up and pay its president?

The issue swirls in the background of the current FEI presidential race.

The HM King Hussein I Building, FEI headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Changes afoot in Baku with the FEI’s Famous Five

Presidential candidates on common ground over need for equestrian sport makeover.

FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos
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Horse sports must adapt to the modern media age, says FEI presidential candidate

Ingmar De Vos talks of the courage needed to explore format changes.

Javier Revuelta del Peral
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Spanish contender withdraws from FEI presidential race

Javier Revuelta del Peral cites a series of concerns over election process.

FEI presidential hopeful says competitions need a revamp
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FEI presidential hopeful says competitions need a revamp

Pierre Genecand: We need new formulas to lift media interest.

The distribution of Culicoides imicola, with the dots indicating confirmed occurences. The graphics provides a legend of land classification. The cross-hatched areas are zones of inhospitable habitat - the Adriatic Sea, Sahara Desert and Red Sea which separating the three model-fitting zones.
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African horse sickness: Where are midges that can carry the disease likely to spread?

Midges could even spread as far as warmer parts of New Zealand.

Faecal bacteria monitored during feed transition study
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Faecal bacteria monitored during feed transition study

Rapid microbial transition seen after change from commercial forage-based feed to pasture.

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