Are Textbooks Wrong on Equine Body Temperature?

While books and other sources have stated “normal ranges” of temperatures for many years, there has been no recent published work examining whether these suggested normal values are representative of healthy horses. Enter Nottingham Trent University where researchers recently investigated the normal body temperature of horses in the Nottingham Trent University yard. The findings showed…

Horse Gait Analysis: Eight-Point Sensor System Shows Promise

By collecting kinematic movement data wirelessly from the horse’s poll, withers, sacrum, sternum (underside of the barrel), and each leg, veterinarians and even judges could complement their visual assessments of horses in motion. Such a system could give critical information about lameness, neurological disorders, performance, and natural gaits.

An Old-Time Way to Tie a Halter on a Horse

Roger Lorenzi of Laramie, Wyo., a professional horseshoer and a fine team-roping heeler, learned to tie this halter from Oscar Marsh of the Wooden Shoe Ranch in Laramie. Oscar, who is 87, learned the tie as a kid from his dad. They used it on broncs; when tied correctly, it stays in place real well.

Enter a Scholarship-Winning Essay Contest!

Do you live in the Chico, California area? The Chico Police Department Mounted Enforcement Team is offering a Scholarship Essay Contest open to high school students in the Chico area graduating or earning their GED in Spring 2019. The subject: “What it Means to be an Equestrian” Essays must be postmarked no later than Feb.…

Caring for Your Horse in Winter

With the first arctic cold snap of the year impacting the Midwest, its a good time to review winter energy needs. The horse requires additional dietary energy in order to maintain its body temperature and condition. For every degree below 18°F the horse requires an additional 1% energy in their diet. For example, if a…