As technologies and techniques advance, equine nutrition research looks at new problems and topics.
We all know horses use their tails to ward off flying insects. But the mechanics behind that effective tail swatting is intriguing scientists, and it could lead to tail-inspired bug repellent technology.
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…
FastTrack offers the world’s first rehabilitative orthotic for horses. The product redirects weight-bearing forces away from the injury, allowing the horse to safely resume exercising without exacerbating the injury
When wild horses move toward water or food sources, are they making decisions based on what they see, smell, and hear? Or what they (or their ancestors) remember?
Scientists are working to decide whether to update the National Research Council’s Nutrients Requirements for Horses and, if they go ahead with a revision, you might be able to help.
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.
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.
A majority of horse owners and caregivers surveyed in a study believe horses have full capacity to feel pain, fear and joy. A significant number also felt horses possessed full capacity to feel boredom and jealousy.
Horse owners have a duty of care to safeguard the wellbeing of horses in their care, Hartpury University researcher Jane Williams and her colleagues said. However, many reported welfare problems were linked to unintentional neglect due to owner ignorance.