Even without training, it is possible for onlookers to assess pain and lameness in ridden horses using an ethogram. The ethogram comprises 24 behaviours more likely to be seen in lame than sound horses. The presence of eight or more is likely to reflect pain.
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The free online videos have been created by Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as a tool to keep vets and owners abreast of the latest developments regarding equine health information.
Hartpury College has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the schools watchdog for its A-level and 16 to 19-year-olds education. The College’s overall effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the age-group study programmes, all received the top grade from Ofsted. The college is the world’s largest equine education facility.
The Care About Cushing’s website is an online educational resource providing horse owners with extensive information on Cushing’s disease.The online resource includes monitoring tools, personalised alerts, owner guides and webinars and videos on useful techniques. It also provides downloadable self-assessment checklists on both Cushing’s disease and laminitis to take owners through which signs to look…
Delegates to the International Society of Equitation Science conference in Rome were told that daily training was not necessary to successfully educate horses.
Today, riders continue to recreate in the wilderness, and teams of mules and horses still lug tools and supplies into the backcountry for trail maintenance and firefighting crews. In fact, the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), a 12,000-person network with volunteers in 31 states, is one of the nation’s most active organizations advocating for…
STEM in the real world of horses: A French company has designed a “smart boot” for horses to detect early signs of lameness. Using sensors, the Ekico tendon boot detects load changes applied on the forelimbs of horses, in order to detect early signs of lameness.
Horses show facial expressions that express pain, and researchers have used those expressions to create the horse grimace scale (HGS).
Despite a longstanding belief that laminitis is a spring-time disease, this study has identified that there is no ‘safe’ season, and laminitis remains a threat across England, Scotland and Wales regardless of the time of year.