Category: Research

Researchers explain genetic equation behind controversial sexual identity in two pacers
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Researchers explain genetic equation behind controversial sexual identity in two pacers

Pair are known as male pseudo-hermaphrodites.

Eye differences found in HERDA-affected horses
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Eye differences found in HERDA-affected horses

Affected horses have thinner corneas and greater corneal curvature and diameter.

The mummified remains of the high-status woman found on the Ukok Plateau. Photo: Kobsev/Wikipedia
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Did a horse fall 2500 years ago play a part in woman’s death?

Fascinating account of last months of high-status woman who died on Siberian plateau.

The pulp from citrus is becoming an increasingly common ingredient in concentrated horse feeds in some parts of the world. Photo: US Dept of Agriculture
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Scientists assess citrus pulp in horse feed

Citrus pulp described as a safe energy source.

Multiple melanomas in a grey horse. © Caroldermoid
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Scientists develop lab equivalent of equine skin

Development opens way for more lab-based work on skin diseases in horses.

Effectiveness of grazing muzzles explored in US study
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Effectiveness of grazing muzzles explored in US study

Muzzle decreased forage consumption by an average of 30% during four hours of grazing.

Stress in horses: Scientists urge caution in interpreting physiological data
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Stress in horses: Scientists urge caution in interpreting physiological data

Cortisol levels and heart rate should not be assessed in isolation.

Multiple melanomas in a grey horse. © Caroldermoid
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Dog vaccine shows promise in treating equine melanomas

Horses in study to be monitored for another two years and receive booster shots.

Professor Trevor Smith
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Mycotoxin feed contamination appears to be on rise – scientist

Unfavorable growing conditions caused by extreme weather may be a factor.

An MRI image of a horse's skull showing a brain tumor (cholesteatoma). Photo: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
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Modern imaging techniques offer valuable equine insights

CT, MRI, and nuclear scintigraphy: When are they right for your horse?

Anthrax study: Lush grass around corpses may prove to be a fatal attraction
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Anthrax study: Lush grass around corpses may prove to be a fatal attraction

Research in Africa provides evidence around transmission.

A horse with cutaneous nodules of glanders on the legs.
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Scientists point to risks over rise of much-feared glanders

Glanders, considered a bioterrorism threat, has regained the status of a re-emerging disease.

Prevention is better than cure with bowed tendons, say horse owners
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Prevention is better than cure with bowed tendons, say horse owners

Researchers urged to focus on early detection and prevention.

Risk of liver damage in riding mishaps should not be ignored - study
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Risk of liver damage in riding mishaps should not be ignored – study

Researchers assess 20 cases of liver injury from horse accidents.

Sarah Medill records location and descriptions of a band of horses on Sable Island. Photo: Kathrine Stewart
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Student in her element among wild horses on a windswept Canadian island

“I’m living my dream,” says Sarah Medill.

Sabrina Brounts, front, clinical associate professor of large animal surgery, uses ultrasound to gauge how well a Missouri Fox Trotter horse is healing. Also pictured, from left, are large animal specialty intern Jennifer Whyard and fourth-year students Ben Tegen and Daniel Kieler. Photo: Nik Hawkins
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New technology being used to study tendon injuries in racehorses

Ultrasound advance able to provide more information on tendon damage.

Furosemide not necessary for long-term racing careers, study finds
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Furosemide not necessary for long-term racing careers, study finds

Challenge to race-day use of furosemide.

Culicoides biting midges are behind the spread of the bluetongue virus.
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Study solves mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

Virus overwinters in female midges, researchers find.

Two studies reveal undesirable elements of hyperflexion in horses
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Two studies reveal undesirable elements of hyperflexion in horses

Significant rise of a stress hormone triggered in study by hyperflexion.

An adult free-roaming horse during collar deployment. "A" shows a breakaway device constructed of rubber tubing. "B" is a breakaway device which operates on a pre-programmed time-release.
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Tracking collars safe for monitoring wild horses – researchers

Collars cited as useful tool for monitoring horses without health risk.

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