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.
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.
Research shows that confinement, feeding practices and other lifestyle factors can make a horse more likely to develop undesirable behaviors.
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.
Viability is a concern with stem cells extracted from fat tissue of horses with this metabolic condition.
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.
How a horse responds to winter weather may have more to do with his individual makeup than his breed or body type.