Christine Barakat with Mick McCluskey, BVSc

Rethinking housing for stallions
Keeping stallions in  “solitary confinement” causes needless stress, say Swiss researchers, who call for more humane, healthy and safe housing alternatives.
old hairy horse
Diagnosis and treatment of PPID compared
Approaches to diagnosing and managing pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) are fairly consistent around the world.
Foal loss
Reasons for foal loss studied
The reasons for equine miscarriage are often elusive.
Causes of surgical site infections unclear
Bacteria are not always the culprits in post-colic surgery infections at the incision site.
horse itching himself
Vaccine against sweet itch shows promise
A new way to prevent insect bite hypersensitivity is in the works.
Horses and people
Do veterinarians make horses nervous?
A well-known phenomenon in human medicine known as “white coat hypertension”—when anxiety related to a doctor’s visit leads to unusually high blood pressure readings—may also occur in horses, according...
A 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.
A horse on a surgery table with two veterinarians preparing for surgery.
The risk of eye injury during surgery
Researchers discover that eye injuries are surprisingly common among horses who undergo general anesthesia.
Genetic disorder in Arabians investigated
New research shows that juvenile idiopathic epilepsy (JIE) is not genetically related to lavender foal syndrome (LFS), severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) or other previously identified inherited conditions...
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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Antiviral drug shows promise against EHV-1
A new study shows that the antiviral drug valacyclovir can significantly reduce the severity of neurological problems brought on by equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and may limit the spread of the virus...
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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.