Author's Articles

A dietary cure for OCD?

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


Fear of fireworks widespread among horses

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New study shows anxiety consistent among horses exposed to fireworks. READ MORE


Alfalfa hay linked to photosensitivity

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
New research from the University of California–Davis confirms that alfalfa hay can induce primary photosensitive reactions in horses, but the exact mechanism remains unknown. Primary... READ MORE


A genetic component of equine personality identified

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Researchers are close to identifying a gene that may make some horses easier to handle than others. Working at Kyoto University, researchers first assessed the tractability of 167... READ MORE


Grazing muzzles to prevent choke?

by Christine Barakat
New research suggests that grazing muzzles usually used to prevent pasture-associated laminitis can also help protect horses from choke. READ MORE


USEF to require microchips for some events

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions must be ID microchips. READ MORE


Combination dewormer approved for pregnant mares

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Quest Plus Gel for use in breeding, pregnant and lactating mares. Quest Plus is a combination deworming product containing... READ MORE


USEF to require microchips for some events

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions of United States Equestrian Federation-recognized events must be microchipped for identification purposes. READ MORE


Encouraging findings about long-distance transport

by Christine Barakat
A large-scale study of horses transported long distances with a commercial shipping company found a low risk of associated health problems. READ MORE


First U.S. case of equine Chagas disease

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A protozoal infection previously seen only in Mexico, South America and Central America has been detected in a horse in Texas. READ MORE


What's your horse's ulcer risk?

by Christine Barakat
A horse coping with gastric ulcers may not always show outward signs of discomfort, but you can calculate his risk by taking a closer look at how he is managed. READ MORE


A genetic component of equine personality identified

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Researchers in Japan are close to identifying a gene that may make some horses easier to handle than others. READ MORE


The Long & Short of Equine Coats

by Christine Barakat
The secret to bringing out your horse’s natural shine lies in understanding how his hair grows. READ MORE


How horses read human emotions

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
Research shows that horses recognize and react to human emotions expressed by facial cues alone. READ MORE


Spotting signs of equine depression

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc
A growing body of research suggests that horses can enter a depression-like state as a reaction to their environment or chronic pain. READ MORE


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