New Study on the Effects of Rider Weight on Horses

Riders representing 20 percent of a horse’s body weight induce greater body temperatures in key areas and higher heart rates than a lighter counterpart, researchers have found. These differences were observed in a study at a level of exercise that might be comparable to a routine warm-up before a core training session.

Enter The Horse’s ‘Say Neigh to Sunburn’ Contest

Enter The Horse’s “Say Neigh to Sunburn” contest for a chance to win an EquiShield SB prize pack valued at $140 from Kinetic Vet. Submit a photo of your horse or pony and tell us why he or she could benefit from a Kinetic Vet prize pack that includes EquiShield SB. Your horse could be…

Summer Program Associate for Detroit Horse Power Horse Camp

Detroit Horse Power is currently seeking applications for a Summer Program Associate to support the success of our horse camp season. This full-time role (30-35 hours/week) will report to the Program Manager. Work hours are based around horse camp, with the highest time of need on Monday – Thursday between 8-5pm, during the weeks of…

Inertial Sensors on Horses Put to the Test in Asymmetry Study

Using horse-mounted sensors to detect uneven movement suggestive of lameness may be subject to error if the horse is asymmetric to begin with, researchers say. A study team used body-mounted inertial sensors in a study in which they introduced a hindlimb length difference by attaching one 12.5mm shoe on a hind hoof.

Bits and Breathing in Horses

Dr. David Mellor, an animal welfare expert at Massey University in New Zealand, is doing research that looks at how bit use can impact breathing during exercise and what this means for equine welfare.

Horses Can be Innovative Problem-Solvers

A quarter of the 16 horses used in a German study proved to be innovative in their problem-solving. The findings point to the possibility that the most successful horses in the study were not necessarily born smart, but developed their abilities through exposure to enriched environments.