Do Horses Like to be Scratched or Patted?

Have you ever wondered if your horse prefers to be scratched or patted as a reward? Well, a group of scientists in England had just that thought. The issue of patting versus scratching hadn’t been previously addressed in scientific studies. Here’s what they found.

Equine Science Class Allows All Science Majors to Work with Baby Horses

Cal Poly students of all majors are able to take the Foaling Enterprise (ASCI 290) course.The department’s materials describe the class as having students actively participate in multiple components of mare care, 24-hour foal watch, assisting with foaling, and all aspects of neo-natal care. After the birth of the foals, students handle and halter-train them while…

Balancing Act: How Foals Find Their Feet as Youngsters

Researchers have charted the development of dynamic balance in foals, saying their findings will be useful for vets when looking to deal with problems in this area. The researchers said newborn foals tended to splay their limbs, increasing the width of their base of support. This is thought to be a compensation for poor balance and…