Christine Barakat has been a staff writer and editor with EQUUS Magazine since 1994. Growing up in a military family, she spent her younger riding years taking lessons at any barn she could find in any country she lived in. As an adult, she enjoys trail rides, long trots through open fields and has a soft spot for ponies.
We equestrians are dedicated to something outside of ourselves, and we pursue our goals with such intensity that it becomes part of our identify. That’s a good thing.
As society changes, so will the horse industry. But this editor has faith that, given the opportunity, each generation of horse-smitten kids will find their way to the barn.
An equine editor ventures into "Horse Twitter," and the experience is not what she expected.
How a disagreement with my husband led to an EQUUS story about how equine research a decade ago helped pave the way for today's new mRNA CoVID-19 vaccine.
I like horses and I enjoy riding. But riding horses while on vacation holds zero appeal to me. The question is why?
Rather than dismissing a study because it covers something you “know,” take the time to read about it to see what else there might be to learn.
Although the lexicon of horsemanship is often slow to change, it's important that we update our management traditions based on scientific progress.
If you ask EQUUS Managing Editor Christine Barakat this question, she's going to always answer the same way. And not because she doesn't know a lot about horse health care, but because she knows she doesn't know enough.
A common anticoagulant drug may help prevent a life-threatening neurological complication of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) infection
Researchers have identified the gene responsible for a rare disease found primarily in Akhal-Teke horses, a breed native to Turkmenistan that is known for its glossy coat.
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.
New research suggests that grazing muzzles usually used to prevent pasture-associated laminitis can also help protect horses from choke.
A large-scale study of horses transported long distances with a commercial shipping company found a low risk of associated health problems.
The secret to bringing out your horse’s natural shine lies in understanding how his hair grows.
How you care for your horse today— whether he is 2, 7, 15 or anywhere in between— can have a significant impact on his health when he reaches old age. Here are the five essentials for longevity.
Research points to the potential welfare issues that can arise from emphasizing physical extremes in horses.
French researchers report that techniques commonly reserved for mending limb fractures are successful in repairing broken neck vertebrae.
A study suggests that the Bashkir Curly breed may be a good choice for people who are allergic to horses.
New research shows that the majority of sick foals recover.
To prevent the spread of WNV, authorities must consider the role of environmental influences.
A study shows that sunlight can be especially damaging for horses with HERDA.
For greater accuracy, researchers recommend using multiple imaging methods.
Survey shows that many veterinarians use pain-relieving medications to help diagnose colic.
Although a transfusion with the wrong blood type won's necessarily put a horse's life in jeopardy, it's still a good idea to seek a match.
When a routine prepurchase exam turns up an unusual cardiac condition, a mare defies the textbooks by thriving.