Category: Research

A Paso Fino horse with "tiger eye".
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Ocular disease in blue-eyed horses explored

Horses with blue or mixed color eyes more likely to develop ocular squamous cell carcinoma.

Image showing the seat of a saddle tipping back. The panels of the saddle have contact with the horse’s back at the front and the back but not under the middle of the saddle. This is called bridging and causes focal pressure under the front and back of the saddle.
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Ill-fitting saddles a factor in rider back pain – research

Sore back? British researchers link ill-fitting saddles to riders with back pain.

Fluid dynamics at work in a mare.
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Researchers go with the flow in checking out how animals pee

A lesson in fluid dynamics across a range of mammals.

A Loughborough University PhD student’s award winning research into the body’s sensitivity to skin wetness could influence the design of a major international retailer’s sports clothing.
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Research may be a godsend for sweaty horse riders

Study explored how skin wetness is perceived, and which areas are more sensitive.

Warning of multiple resistance to worm control drugs
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Warning of multiple resistance to worm control drugs

Indications of developing resistance found in British research.

The equine flu virus is able to jump to camels, say researchers. Photo: Garrondo/Wikipedia
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Camel found to be infected with equine flu virus

“It adds another potential exposure to man where a novel virus could hide out.”

Snapshot of racing turnover rates revealed in Australian study
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Snapshot of racing turnover rates revealed in Australian study

Turnover close to 40% identified in one season.

The influenza virus viewed under an electron microscope. Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Scientists find that equine flu can easily infect dogs

Research also suggests canine and human flu viruses can mix, generating new flu viruses.

Hotspots for Hendra infection identified across eastern Australia
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Hotspots for Hendra infection identified across eastern Australia

Two bat species identified as posing greatest risk.

How do horses react to humans fearful of them?
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How do horses react to humans fearful of them?

Researchers in Canada investigate question to see if there may be safety issues.

Hockey more expensive than horse sport, study finds
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Hockey more expensive than horse sport, study finds

Canadian youth study says horse sport is ranked second highest by participation cost.

Start early to prevent equine arthritis, researchers say
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Start early to prevent equine arthritis, researchers say

Prevention shows promise in fending off joint issues.

Researchers cast new light on equine sinuses
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Researchers cast new light on equine sinuses

German scientists generate 3D models of what they call a complex channel system.

The European forest elephant is among the animals that are now extinct. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Humans squarely in frame for mass extinctions – study

Danish researchers say correlation is strong between spread of mankind and extinctions.

Data gathered from the motion-sensing suit can be used to create avatars of the riders and reveal their flaws in the saddle.
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Imbalances found in all riders in study using motion-sensing suit

Researchers see potential in use of motion-sensor suits for riders.

The earliest known trousers, dating back 3300 years, may well have been designed with riding in mind. Photo: Archaeological Institute, M. Wagner
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Earliest trousers may have been designed for riding

3300-year-old trousers resemble modern riding pants, researchers say.

The abdominal muscles in a horse with heaves enlarge, forming a "heave line".
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Mucus investigated in bid to better understand heaves

British research explores mucus production and properties.

Concussion recovery much longer than previously thought - study
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Concussion recovery much longer than previously thought – study

Recovery from sports-related concussion slower than believed.

The eyes have it: Where do showjumpers look when they jump?
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The eyes have it: Where do showjumpers look when they jump?

Researchers use specialist equipment to get answers.

Culling had bigger effect on wild horses than contraceptive, say researchers
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Culling had bigger effect on wild horses than contraceptive, say researchers

Research into North Dakota wild horses cast spotlight on behaviors.

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