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Farmer catching horses in north-central Kazakhstan.

Researchers finally pinpoint the origins of the modern domestic horse

The results of a large-scale international genomic study confirm that ancient horses on the steppes of Russia are the ancestors of the horses we know today.

Horses kept  in larger pens had  reduced levels of blood cortisol, a  hormone associated with stress.

For a harmonious herd, provide enough space

Research from Ohio State University suggests that horses need a minimum amount of space to derive all the benefits of turnout—and to stay out of each other's hair.

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How Do Horses See Themselves?

New research confirms earlier findings suggesting that horses have cognitive self-awareness, which enables them to recognize their own reflections.

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Fish-Skin Dressing Shows Promise for Treating Equine Wounds

In a preliminary study from Egypt, horse wounds treated with a dressing made from the Nile tilapia fish seemed to heal more quickly.

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Is your horse in pain? Now there’s a better way to tell

The Equine Discomfort Ethogram is designed to help veterinarians and horse owners manage horses in pain.


Should I put my horse in the barn during a thunderstorm?

How to handle your horse during a storm is a judgement call that you’ll need to make based on the available facilities and your horse’s personality.

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Second horse at Marion, Florida facility diagnosed with EHV-1

Both horses are insolation as veterinary officials work to contain a possible outbreak of an aggressive neurologic strain of the virus.

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

Fifty Florida horses exposed to strangles in the month of January

Three cases of the bacterial disease occurred at barns in Leon, Sarasota and Alachua counties, exposing other horses on those properties.


Causes of bizarre gait abnormality in horses investigated

California researchers found that "sidewinder" syndrome is associated with a variety of equine conditions and injuries.


Two Massachusetts horses test positive for strangles

The highly infectious bacterial disease spreads through direct contact, making biosecurity crucial in preventing outbreaks.

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First use of CRISPR in horses

Researchers have "edited" the genes in an equine embryo, raising the possibility of producing horses with custom-designed DNA.

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Surgery improves mare behavior

New research suggests that removing a mare’s ovaries can have a positive effect on her behavior.

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3 ways to prevent blanket injuries

Protect your horse from common blanket-related problems this winter with these simple measures.

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Susceptibility to "kissing spines" in horses may be genetic

Some horses may inherit a tendency to develop the condition commonly called kissing spines.


Can CBD help your horse?

Here's what you need to know about this new and growing segment of the equine supplement marketplace: cannabidiol (CBD) supplements for horses.

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The equine contribution to the new CoVID-19 vaccine

An equine West Nile Virus product was a forerunner of the new CoVID-19 vaccine.

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Ventura County, California barn under quarantine after mare with neurologic signs tests positive for EHV-1

32 horses are potentially exposed, but no new cases have been identified.


Reassuring findings about PPID drug

Researchers report that a case of pergolide overdose resulted in only minor, temporary effects.


Troubling side effect of heaves discovered

New research from Canada suggests that the failure to control respiratory disease in horses puts them at risk for heart failure.

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Facility in Pierce County, Washington under quarantine due to equine influenza

This is the eighth facility in the state to quarantine due to the virus in two months.


Getting ready for winter? Don't forget your trailer

When winterizing your farm and property, don’t overlook one crucial step: making sure your trailer is ready to go.


Three things to do for your arthritic horse this winter

Just as your own joints may ache more in the winter, older, arthritic horses feel the cold more than their younger herdmates. But you can help keep them comfortable.


Tips for preventing winter weight loss

Older horses often drop weight during the winter but they don't have to. Here's how to head off problems.


Tips for keeping your older horse warm and healthy this winter

Older horses don’t necessarily have more trouble keeping warm than do their younger herdmates, but if they do get chilled the consequences can be more significant. Here’s how to fend off the cold..

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A Global Outlook on Equine Nutrition

Equine nutrition researcher Gulsah Kaya Karasu, DVM, travels the world to help improve the diets—and welfare— of horses.

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Identifying 'silent' strangles carriers

New research suggests that screening practices can help identify seemingly healthy horses carrying pathogens that can infect herd mates.

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Farm in Washington State quarantined due to equine influenza

Vaccination and biosecurity measures can help protect horses who travel as well as those they may infect when they return home.

If horses consume the bodies of infected aquatic insects while grazing or drinking, they may develop Potomac horse fever.

Potomac Horse Fever case diagnosed in Kentucky

The gelding, with an unknown vaccination history, began showing signs in late August.

Research has shown that the reservoir for the bacteria that causes pigeon fever is the soil. Flies then transmit the bacteria from horse to horse.

Five cases of pigeon fever reported in Washington State

This bacterial infection, spread by stable, horn and houseflies, is becoming more common as weather conditions change.

Researchers found no correlation between coat color and behavior, but did find some behaviors—such as being hard to catch—were more common among horses of a particular gender.

Study confirms cresty necks can predict laminitis

A cresty neck is a reliable indicator of increased risk for metabolic syndrome and associated laminitis in horses.

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Some horses have a taste for sand

Researchers have found that some cases of sand colic because horses actually like to eat soil, rather than ingesting inadvertently as previously thought.

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

Two Washington State farms quarantined due to equine influenza virus

The highly contagious viral disease is spread via airborne droplets exhaled by infected horses or contact with contaminated surfaces.

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Are you setting your horse up for bad behavior?

Research shows that confinement, feeding practices and other lifestyle factors can make a horse more likely to develop undesirable behaviors.

Scientific studies support the fact that horses who spend more time on pasture are less likely to colic than those who are kept in stalls.

What every horse needs after colic surgery

Post-op physical therapy helps horses recovering from colic return to work more quickly and perform better.

A little preparation can go a long way in helping horses not only tolerate winter weather but actually enjoy it.

4 ways to get your older horse ready for winter

Do these commonsense measures now to help keep your horse happy, healthy and sound no matter throughout the cold weather months.

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Your 4-point horse vaccination refresher

Take some time to revisit the ins and outs of equine immunity and determine whether your vaccination routine is still providing the best possible protection for your horse. .

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A way to boost deworming treatments

A parasite-eating fungi may help combat internal parasites in horses.


Hold the starchy food during your horse's ulcer treatment

It may be time to make low-starch diets part of the treatment plan for horses with gastric ulcers.

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Tracking equine coronavirus

A virus from the same family as COVID-19 may have been quietly traveling among the U.S. equine populations for the past 10 years.


The latest research on muscle disorders in horses

Researchers have made great strides in understanding the various forms of tying up and how best to help susceptible horses.

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Three ways to keep your horse’s skin healthy this spring

Protect your horse’s skin and keep him comfortable as the weather gets warmer with these simple measures.

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Best beddings for horses with heaves

Turnout is usually best for a horse with chronic respiratory problems but if you have to keep him in a stall, some beddings are better than others.

Hooves grow more slowly in winter than at any other time of the year.

3 winter hoof care tips

Here's how the season ahead can affect your horse's hooves and ways you can keep them healthy and sound.


Winter footing hacks for horse keepers

Do these 4 things to keep snow, ice or mud from making your horse miserable or ruining your rides.


5 tips for keeping your horse healthy this winter

Here’s how to keep your horse safe, healthy and comfortable even during the coldest days of the season.

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Are some horses hypoallergenic?

So far research doesn't support claims that curly-coated horses are less likely to trigger allergic reactions in people.

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Reducing airborne irritants in the barn

Bedding choices and hay treatments can reduce the risk of inflammatory airway disease in horses.

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How healthy are your horse's bones?

Management can play an important role in promoting and sustaining bone health in mature horses.