Author's Articles

New fly repellent in the works

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Horses bedeviled by black flies may soon find relief from an unusual source: a substance produced by badgers to ward off wasps. Technically known as a semiochemical, the substance was... READ MORE


Which bedding harbors more bacteria?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Bedding made of shavings from Scots pine trees—a species native to Northern Europe but also found in the United States—is much less likely to harbor bacteria than are other common... READ MORE


Origins of ambling horses traced

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
DNA analysis suggests that gaited horses were brought to Iceland from the British Isles by the Norse people. READ MORE


Nothing boring about yawning

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
The next time your horse yawns, pay attention---he could be signaling a significant change in emotions. READ MORE


High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
High-tech diagnostics may seem like overkill when dealing with common equine skin conditions, but researchers say polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology can be indispensable for... READ MORE


What's at the root of insulin resistance?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
It's long been know that obese horses are more likely to develop insulin resistance. Now we may know why. READ MORE


A positive for peer pressure

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Sometimes peer pressure is a good thing: A German study shows that riders are more likely to wear helmets and be safety conscious if their fellow equestrians have similar habits and views. In... READ MORE


Can you get the flu from your horse?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New research suggests equine influenza virus is zoonotic. READ MORE


Whirls and hair whorls

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
There's a surprisingly simple way of predicting whether a spooking horse will turn to the right or left. READ MORE


A dietary cure for OCD?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Feeding practices may help heal minor bone lesions READ MORE


A case for cold storage

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A new study suggests that the way manure samples are stored can have a significant impact on the accuracy of fecal egg counts. Fecal egg counts, which indicate a horse’s parasite... READ MORE


Eating on the go aids weight loss

by Christine Barakat
Australian researchers have developed a feeding system that helps horses lose weight by adding exercise to mealtime.  The “dynamic feeder” is designed to compel horses to walk... READ MORE


What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A noseband tight enough to immobilize a horse’s jaw can cause measurable stress, according to new research from Australia. Researchers at Kandoo Equine in New South Wales and the... READ MORE


The danger of marsh mallow

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
An herb that is increasingly popular among urban foragers has been linked to fatal heart and muscle disease in horses. Marsh mallow (Malva parviflora) is native to southern Europe, North... READ MORE


Surprising findings about rare navicular condition

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A new study suggests that a rare malformation of the navicular bone that often results in chronic lameness is congenital rather than related to wear or injury. Researchers from Utrecht... READ MORE


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