Category: Research

Broken coat colours a safety bonus for road-going horses - study
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Broken coat colours a safety bonus for road-going horses – study

Fluorescent or reflective riding gear helps, but let’s not forget the horse.

Is elastic fantastic? Impact of elastic inserts on rein tension assessed
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Is elastic fantastic? Impact of elastic inserts on rein tension assessed

Caution advised when using such reins, particularly in transitions.

Swedish study of horse-related accidents reveals surprisingly few serious mishaps
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Swedish study of horse-related accidents reveals surprisingly few serious mishaps

Suggestion safety equipment may have decreased serious injuries.

No laughing matter: Experts have successfully identified facial expressions in horses indicative of pain.
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Researchers seek innovative thinkers among horses

Germans plan study on horse intelligence.

Subchondral fatigue crack dimensions were measured in transverse (A) and reconstructed frontal plane (B) computed tomography (CT) images. In addition, the area of the crack array was measured in the parasagittal plane (C).
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CT scans could be used to gauge leg fracture risk in racehorses, say researchers

US scientists investigate crack micromotion in mechanical testing.

Gareth Hughes and DV Stenkjers Nadonna
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Call for revamp of dressage judging scale

Evidence-based scale would be “fairer and more accurate”, says expert.

Horses seem to be truly gender-neutral. It does not matter to them whether their human partner is female or male. Photo: Juliane Kuhl / Vetmeduni Vienna
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Gender-neutral horses unconcerned by their rider’s sex – study

“Results make it extremely unlikely that horses have a preference.”

Horses under stress - can experts identify the signs?
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Horses under stress – can experts identify the signs?

Some were at odds with established guidelines, say researchers.

A zebra in South Africa.
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Zebras make effort to avoid human threat during migrations – study

Avoiding human threat trumps need to avoid predators and find food.

Equine airway narrows with head and neck flexed, study shows
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Equine airway narrows with head and neck flexed, study shows

German researchers use x-ray imaging in research.

Scientists unlock clues to tendon ageing in horses
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Scientists unlock clues to tendon ageing in horses

Scientists find marked differences in tendon proteins in young and old horses.

Too much flexion increases conflict, say German researchers
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Too much flexion increases conflict, say German researchers

Nearly 90% of studied dressage horses overbent during warm-up.

Photographic stimuli was used in the study, including manipulations that incorporate fly masks to cover key internal features of the face to see which facial indicators the horses approaching the two buckets used.  The photographs were reproduced at life size for the experiment.  Figure A shows the three experimental conditions: all cues visible; ears covered; eyes covered.  Figure B shows the percentage of horses choosing the congruent bucket for each condition.
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Scientists probe how horses communicate with their faces

Horses let their ears and eyes do the talking.

Do animals display signs of jealousy?
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Do animals display signs of jealousy?

Many owners reports signs of jealousy in pets. What do researchers say?

Hop flower.
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Could hops play a role in fighting laminitis?

Hops show promise as potential intervention in pasture-associated laminitis.

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.

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