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Christine Barakat with Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc

A old-looking pony with a thick winter coat

Diagnosis and treatment of PPID compared

Approaches to diagnosing and managing pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) are fairly consistent around the world.

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Reasons for foal loss studied

The reasons for equine miscarriage are often elusive.

Horse looking out of stall

Causes of surgical site infections unclear

Bacteria are not always the culprits in post-colic surgery infections at the incision site.

A bay horse reaching back to scratch his hindquarter with his teeth.

Vaccine against sweet itch shows promise

A new way to prevent insect bite hypersensitivity is in the works.

Chestnut mare and foal standing in a field.

A surprising reason for foal rejection

Researchers may soon be able to explain why some mares reject their offspring.


An often-forgotten risk of surgery

Researchers discover that eye injuries are surprisingly common among horses who undergo general anesthesia.

And older chestnut horse with a gray face looking off camera

Surgical solutions for PPID in horses?

Surgery could offer a long-lasting fix for the hormonal condition, says one Canadian researcher.

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Positive prognosis for one type of poll injury

Researchers found that surgery resulted in improved outcomes in horses with an inflammatory injury to the cranial nuchal bursa.

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Why equine oral tissues require special care

Using materials developed for human dental work can cause significant problems in horses.

Woman longing a horse

When dominant body language can backfire when working with horses

Taking more submissive body postures when working with horses can be more helpful in certain situations.

EPM possum

EPM organisms are hard to avoid

New study confirms that many American horses are exposed to the organisms that cause equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).

Close up of a horse's hooves trotting on hard ground

Hard footing increases injury risk

Study confirms association between training on hard footing and musculoskeletal injuries.

A chestnut horse coughing

Stall-side test for respiratory infection

Research shows that a simple stall-side blood test can determine whether a horse’s cough is caused by infectious disease or a chronic inflammatory condition.

horse riding mirror

Can a horse recognize himself in a mirror?

Researchers recently looked into this question and the answer may surprise you.

Two Przewalski Horses rubbing their necks against each other.

The “language” of Przewalski’s horses

Researchers find that Przewalski horses express themselves vocally in different ways than domestic horses.

Close up of horse's closed eye with a woman's hand resting on his face

Eye removal often has positive impact

Study finds more than 90 percent of owner are were pleased with the outcome of their horse's enucleation surgery.

Four horses hang their heads over wooden stall doors inside a barn. The closest horse is a buckskin paint with a long forelock.

Dietary protein can affect air quality in horse stalls

Research data has shown that higher protein diets lead to significant increases in the nitrogen levels in urine, affecting air quality in a horse's stall.

Buckskin horse hanging his head over the door of a stall with ears back and eyes closed.

Another toll pain takes on horses

Horses who aren't paying attention to their surroundings may be in pain, according to researchers.

A chestnut horse kicking out at a grey horse while both are in a dirt paddock.

Calculating the power of equine kicks

Kicks from horses wearing metal shoes are more likely to cause serious injury to pasturemates than those from unshod horses.

Profile view of a pony, swishing its tail.

Challenges of detecting early laminitis

Study finds that 45 percent of owners did not recognize the early signs of the devastating hoof condition.

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Study confirms effectiveness of the “squeeze technique”

Replicating compression during birth can help foals with neonatal maladjustment syndrome "wake up."

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Good news about cutting horse injuries

Many horses with certain suspensory ligament injuries recover and return to work.

Horses eating off sandy soil

Gas is important sign in sand colic cases

Accumulated gas in the belly of a horse with sand colic can predict if the horse will need surgery.

A black and white horse missing one eye

Equine eye implants increase infection risk

Research shows that horses who had implants placed at the time an eye is removed had seven-fold greater odds of infection.


Nerve’s role in headshaking investigated

Researchers find the trigeminal nerve may contribute to the condition differently than it does to human facial pain.


Blood test helps monitor equine joint infections

Regular monitoring of a specific protein can help track effects of treatment of penetrating synovial injuries in horses.


Genetic basis for “tiger eye” identified

University of California–Davis researchers have identified two genetic mutations responsible for “tiger eye” in Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses.

A large, healing cut behind a horse's pastern

Beware biofilm formation on horse wounds

Groups of microorganisms that stick to each other to form colonies in a slimy layer covering living or non-living surfaces, biofilms can slow or halt healing.


A long-lasting effect of prematurity in horses

Researchers have found a link between prematurity, bone disorders and performance.

Older model truck pulling a horse trailer with one horse in it

The causes of trailer-related injuries in horses

A study found that transport injuries are more common than previously thought and specific driver behaviors increase the risk

Painting of a horse skull with a black background

Surgery may be best for temporohyoid arthritis in horses

This arthritic condition of a joint at the base of the skull can lead to severe neurological impairment.

Close up of a badly chipped hoof

Hoof problems are common—and often preventable

Research from the Netherlands suggests that hoof problems are surprisingly widespread among horses.

A bay horse reaching back to scratch his hindquarter with his teeth.

Susceptibility to sweet itch investigated

A study of Old Grey Kladruber horses suggests that the heritability of insect bite hypersensitivity (sweet itch) is “medium to high.”


More evidence that helmets protect against brain trauma

Young riders who don’t wear helmets are at a much higher risk of sustaining head injuries in the event of an accident.

Bay horse with ears pinned back

New ovariectomy procedure studied

A study from Colorado State University shows that removing a mare’s ovaries can be done safely without general anesthesia.