CRISPR Used to Create Embryo of First ‘Super Horse’

Researchers in Argentina have produced what is believed to be the world’s first genetically edited horse embryo. The team worked with cloned embryos using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, which enables scientists to edit portions of the DNA sequence precisely, to try to knock out the myostatin gene (MSTN), which negatively regulates muscle mass development.

Research into Equine Sensitivity to Touch

Contact and how horses interpret it is crucial to training, yet surprisingly little research has been done into equine sensitivity to touch, according to scientists. Researchers, in a recently published review, examined more than 180 studies exploring elements of equine vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Survey Reveals Broad Acceptance of Bitless Bridles

The World Bitless Association, a British-based charity that represents the bitless community, has released the findings of its global horse sports training and tack survey for all equestrians. Most equestrians taking part in the survey (88%) felt that welfare would be improved by allowing bit-free horses to compete alongside bitted horses.

Horse Welfare Alliance Online Training Program

The Horse Welfare Alliance has launched an online training program encompassing a video series that covers the 10 sections in the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, which range from pre-purchase considerations to end of career and euthanasia. The free program allows people to choose among the topics of interest at…