The Science of Rugging [blanketing] Horses

We should not necessarily judge what ‘clothing’ our horses’ need based on how we feel for two very good reasons. The first is, of course, that the horse has a fur coat. The second is that due to its size, the horse does not lose heat as rapidly as we do. This means that at…

Is Artificial Weaning Hard On Horses?

Weaning, where a foal is removed from his dam, can be heartwrenching for both the humans and the animals involved. During traditional weaning, foals are forcibly separated from their dams at six months of age. However, left to their own devices, a foal will eventually separate from his mother on his own accord; this is…

Man Receives a PhD in Farriery

When Norman Johnson graduates from the University of Central Lancashire he will join just three other PhD qualified experts in farriery – equine hoof care. Norman, who has worked with horses since the age of 26, got the idea for doing the PhD while he was studying for a DipHE and BSc (Hons) degree in…

Can Horses Recognize Photos of Their Owners?

A study in France tested horses’ abilities to recognize photos of their keepers. The horses were presented with two screens with photos of two humans. Initially the screens showed random humans, but over time one side began to feature photos of their current or former handlers. Here’s what they found . . .

Algorithm Used To Analyze A Horse’s Stride

An algorithm [a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations] could prove useful in pinpointing longer break-over phases, which can indicate musculoskeletal problems. The break-over phase starts after the loading phase when the horse lifts its heel, causing a rotational movement around the toe, and ends with hoof…