Christine Barakat

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FEI bans trimmed whiskers in competition horses

Citing welfare concerns, the international sport organization decrees that horses with trimmed muzzle, eye or outer-ear hair will be disqualified from events.

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Prevent colic this winter

The risk of impaction colic increases dramatically for all horses in the winter, but there are things you can do to make it less likely.

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Winter care for horses with heaves

The cold season can be especially hard on horses with heaves but there are things you can do to keep them breathing easier.

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New Online Resource Offers Horse Behavior Information

Three scientists recently launched a YouTube Channel that presents videos on a variety of equine behavior and training topics.

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How do horses perceive death?

A study from Portugal analyzing the reactions of feral horses to the loss of herdmates has lessons about the emotions and intelligence of all horses.

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Pain relief potential of ketorolac in horses investigated

In a recent trial, the efficacy of ketorolac in treating hoof pain in horses was no better than for commonly used medications. But, say researchers, more studies are needed.

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A new way to spot stress in horses

Researchers say horses faced with challenging situations blink less often than do those who are calm.

Signs of PSSM are often seen after a horse returns to work following a lay up period.

Socializing speeds recovery for horses after hard work

To help your horse bounce back from exertion, turn him out with his buddies rather than putting him in a stall.

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Aqua treadmills speed conditioning in horses

Exercising while immersed in water can not only help a horse speed recovery from illness or injury but can aid in restoring strength and stamina.

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How medical students learn horse sense

Horses are helping the next generation of medical doctors learn how to cope with ambiguity.

EEE is spread primarily mosquitos, which feed on birds who harbor the virus, then transit it to horses. Horses are considered dead-end hosts, meaning they cannot spread it to other animals.

Three Canadian horses die of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The horses lived closed to each other in the same county and none were vaccinated against the fatal neurological disease.

Horses that come in contact with wild parsnip can develop phototoxic reactions.

This invasive weed spells trouble for horses

Wild parsnip, which is found throughout the United States, can cause phototoxic reactions in horses even it they don't eat it.

The role of steroids in the development of laminitis is under scrutiny by researchers.

Do corticosteroids increase a horse's laminitis risk? Not necessarily

A study from England challenges the long-held belief that corticosteroids increase a horse’s risk of developing a potentially devastating inflammatory hoof condition called laminitis.

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Obese horses get a bum rap say researchers

When allowed to make their own choices, fat horses do not eat more than their lean peers and they get just as much exercise.

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A better method for detecting heart problems in horses

The accumulation of scar tissue within the horse's heart muscle can diminish performance and lead to a potentially fatal cardiac episode.

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Is your horse trying to tell you his teeth hurt?

Difficulty eating, bit evasions and antisocial behavior are signs of dental pain in horses that are commonly overlooked or misinterpreted.

Strangles can be passed from horse to horse by direct contact.

Oregon horse with strangles may have exposed others

Forty potentially infected horses may have moved back to other parts of Multnomah or Clackamas county.

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Report of resistance among equine parasites on Kentucky farm raises questions

The discovery of parasites resistant to the most widely used class of deworming chemicals has implications for the future efficacy of common deworming products.

Most cases of equine herpesvirus-1 infection cause only mild to moderate respiratory illness but occasionally some lead to life-threatening neurologic disease.

Florida horse diagnosed with neurologic equine herpes myeloencephalopathy

The horse, who is currently quarantined, is experiencing ataxia, hind-end weakness and an inability to urinate. All of these are common neurologic signs associated with EHV-1.

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How climate change may affect how you deworm your horse

If average global temperatures continue to increase, drug resistance among internal parasites common to horses may accelerate.

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A Brush Buyer's Guide

Ready to restock your grooming kit? Grooming to Win author Susan Harris helps you comb through the options.

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Mustang mare to adorn beer cans

A mare adopted from the BLM was one of five animals chosen after a nation-wide contest.

WNV is spread by birds, primarily crows

First report of equine West Nile Virus in Colorado for 2020

The viral disease spread by birds claimed the life of a horse in Jefferson County.

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Behaviors that indicate lameness

Equine lameness can be difficult to detect, but a study from England confirms the reliability of a relatively new tool for identifying subtle signs of musculoskeletal pain in horse:

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Good news about recovery from colic surgery

The long-term prognosis for horses who survive colic surgery is positive,

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Busting myths about mares and coat color

Studies show no connection between gender or coat color and behavior. Yet, say the researchers, chestnut mares are often subject to a double dose of prejudice.

Researchers found that ponies were more reactive when they were on the high-starch diet,

Research links diet and behavior

Just as we all suspected: Diets high in starch can contribute to “spookier” behavior.

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Reasons for "girthiness" investigated

Ill-fitting tack is often blamed for girthiness but resistant behavior was linked to that cause in only a small number of the study horses.

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5 tips for better blanketing

Your horse will appreciate your following this advice when selecting and using his blankets this winter

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5 Winter feeding tips

Use these simple tips and techniques to keep your horse happy and healthy when the weather turns cold.

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Are cribbers less intelligent?

A new study from Switzerland challenges the notion that horses who crib are less capable of learning than are their peers.