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…

What Makes a Horse an Easy Keeper?

The microorganisms that populate a horse’s gut are crucial to their health, and essential for the digestion of their fiber-rich diet. Little is known about how differences in this extremely diverse range of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract, which scientists call the microbiome, affects the ability of horses to put on and hold weight. For…

This Equine Scientist Is Studying Bits

Originally from the Netherlands, Sandra Hurley previously worked in primary schools as a trained artist. She then decided to follow her passion for science and horses at the University of Limerick, where she received her BSc in equine science as a mature student in 2017. Hurley is now a PhD student at UL doing research…

Strip-Grazing Best to Keep Horses Trim

The weight-management benefits of feeding horses and ponies behind a regularly moved portable fence have been highlighted in fresh research. The latest research compares strip grazing to two other restricted grazing practices during Britain’s grass-growing season.