Category: Research

A horse affected by laminitis.
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Web-based British study targets laminitis risk factors

3000 British horse and pony owners sought for research project.

A driver's worst nightmare. Volvo is working on technology to reduce animal collisions.
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Is horse anti-collision technology the next step in car safety?

Swedish car-maker Volvo makes headway on anti-collision system.

Spotlight on management of riding-school horses
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Spotlight on management of riding-school horses

Danish researchers hope findings will help inform welfare decisions.

Crib-biting may have a feelgood factor for some horses - researchers
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Crib-biting may have a feelgood factor for some horses – researchers

Discouraging crib-biters could be counter-productive, say scientists.

Higher placed eventers more likely to fall on cross-country - study
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Higher placed eventers more likely to fall on cross-country – study

Should placings be withheld until after cross country, researchers ask.

A curb bit with a port, double jointed.
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Bit-related lesions common in Icelandic competition horses – study

Researchers assess mouths of 424 horses in study.

Left-handed riders more likely to adopt ideal position in saddle - study
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Left-handed riders more likely to adopt ideal position in saddle – study

Right-handed riders tend to lean forward and carry their legs forward.

Researchers challenge common belief over shoeing dressage horses
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Researchers challenge common belief over shoeing dressage horses

Performance unlikely to be affected by shoe status.

Do horses prefer a friendly pat or a scratch?
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Do horses prefer a friendly pat or a scratch?

Study suggests horses have a preference, with riders often choosing the wrong one.

Horses are considered highly susceptible to the botulin toxin produced by a common soil bacteria, causing the potentially fatal disease, botulism.
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Botulism in horses: What are the chances of survival?

Horses that maintain ability to stand throughout illness have a much better prognosis – study.

Determination of Palmar Curve and Palmar Metric. (A) The radio-dense line along the concave, parietal solar surface of the distal phalanx on lateromedial radiograph indicated by red arrows. (B) The Palmar Curve indicated by the red line on the lateromedial radiograph. (C) A coordinate system set at the tip of the distal phalanx using a line along the palmar angle and a vertical line through the extensor process. (D) The Palmar Metric determined from the percentage area of the reference rectangle under the PC.
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X-ray study reveals hoof changes as horses age

Gradual reduction in tissue beneath the coffin bone occurs with age, say researchers.

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.

Ears back could indicate pain or discomfort. Photo: The Brooke
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Burrowing into the traits of donkeys

“All donkeys expressed an extensive behavioural repertoire,” said researchers.

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.

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