Should Cloned Horses Be Allowed to Compete?

This winter, top competitors in the equestrian world will return to their seasonal home in Wellington, Fla., for three months of hunter/ jumper and dressage competition. The equine athletes will include some with price tags in the seven figures; top international mounts jetted in from Mexico, the UK and Belgium; and, flying discreetly under the…

Hoof Boots Can Protect Barefoot Trail Horses’ Feet

Gabriella Lynn, a student at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, conducted a study to determine Cavallo Trek boots’ effects on hoof pressure distribution. In her study, Lynn measured pressure distribution as horses walked over Fujifilm Low Prescale Film barefoot and when wearing boots, on asphalt and over crushed stone. The color film images revealed…

Welfare State of Horses Revealed by Their Topline

Emilie Sénèque and her colleagues from the University of Rennes hypothesized that horses with compromised welfare would reveal them through chronic body postures. For their study, they carried out posture analysis using morphometric geometrics to measure, quantify and compare postures between horses.

Study Finds Horses Learn by Seeing

Researchers set up a task that involved pressing a button to open a box containing pieces of carrot and apple, and the horses were shown various techniques for pressing the button to open the box by their owners. Some owners used their head to press the button, some their hand, some their foot, and some…

Equestrian Scholarship Available

The Mounted Patrol Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association announced they would be giving an Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award. The $10,000 scholarship is available to high school seniors in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. The application deadline is 3 p.m. on April 10.