Fran Jurga

Fran Jurga

Fran Jurga keeps you up-to-date in this blog on news about horse health, care, equine science and research that affects horses. 

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The 'Pharoah Plate': A champion's lucky horseshoe

A shoe with an unusual, customized heel plate not only carried helped keep American Pharoah racing all the way through a Triple Crown victory.

Summer fun: Should you swim with your horse? promo image

10 questions to answer before you swim with your horse

If you’re like most riders, you’d love to go swimming with your horse, but do your homework ahead of time to make sure you’ll both be safe.

Whither the “Wild” Horses of Louisiana? promo image

Whither the “Wild” Horses of Louisiana?

Advocates Challenge US Army in Legal Standoff

Research: Horses exhibit their cognitive skills by asking humans for help with a problem promo image

Research: Horses exhibit their cognitive skills by asking humans for help with a problem

Japanese study offers evidence of how horses use visual and tactile signals to get humans' attention and action

Coats of Many Colors: What color were ancient horses? promo image

Coats of Many Colors: What color were ancient horses?

DNA testing shows how the palette of preferred horses changed over time

Lights, cameras, Lipizzaners: The 450-year-old Spanish Riding School has seen the light promo image

Lights, cameras, Lipizzaners: The 450-year-old Spanish Riding School has seen the light

Saddle sensors now tell tracking lights where each horse is in the arena space.

What You Should Know: Why are horses hurt in trailers? When and  how do injuries occur? promo image

What You Should Know: Why are horses hurt in trailers? When and how do injuries occur?

Two new studies report statistics of transport-related equine injuries

What's the Buzz? Part 2: Bees in the Barn and Pasture promo image

What's the Buzz? Part 2: Bees in the Barn and Pasture

Where are you likely to find bees around your barn this fall?

What's the Buzz? Use Our Horse Owner's Checklist for Hornet and Bee Sting Prevention This Fall promo image

What's the Buzz? Use Our Horse Owner's Checklist for Hornet and Bee Sting Prevention This Fall

Why is the autumn the most active time for bees? How can you keep your horse (and yourself) safe from stings?

The Sound of Science: Veterinary podcast explores prevention, prediction of Thoroughbred racehorse injuries promo image

The Sound of Science: Veterinary podcast explores prevention, prediction of Thoroughbred racehorse injuries

What is the role of screening MRI and young racehorse lower limb injury history in preventing catastrophic racing injuries?

Research: Perceptions, awareness and understanding of show horse welfare at stock-horse events promo image

Research: Perceptions, awareness and understanding of show horse welfare at stock-horse events

How much do exhibitors understand about equine welfare? How much do they care? Researcher Melissa Voigt documented the difference between how riders and researchers evaluate equine welfare situations at shows

American Horse Council issues statement of concern over possible impact of Horse Protection Act amendment language promo image

American Horse Council issues statement of concern over possible impact of Horse Protection Act amendment language

Would other breeds that show with weighted shoes and pads be affected by the new law?

Blood on the Trail: The history that equine endurance racing will never escape is back to haunt it promo image

Blood on the Trail: The history that equine endurance racing will never escape is back to haunt it

New book "American Endurance" looks back at the controversial roots of endurance racing in the United States

Open Wide! Free Equine Dentistry Reference Collection Published Online promo image

Open Wide! Free Equine Dentistry Reference Collection Published Online

Equine Veterinary Journal shares web-based peer-reviewed article collection

Equine Piroplasmosis Found in 15 Wyoming Race Horses promo image

Equine Piroplasmosis Found in 15 Wyoming Race Horses

California-positive horse traced to Wyoming; more infected horses found

Equine Product (Voluntary) Recall: Kinetic Vet’s Topical Eye Medications promo image

Equine Product (Voluntary) Recall: Kinetic Vet’s Topical Eye Medications

Eye Products May Be Insterile, Check Lot Numbers

Equine Colic: “REACT Now to Beat Colic” campaign offers web resources for horseowners promo image

Equine Colic: “REACT Now to Beat Colic” campaign offers web resources for horseowners

British vet school finds that more than 90% of horse owners did not feel confident about spotting early signs of colic.

Thirst for Knowledge: 100 Years Ago, Horses Suffered When Veterinarians and City Officials Disagreed promo image

Thirst for Knowledge: 100 Years Ago, Horses Suffered When Veterinarians and City Officials Disagreed

Debate Over Water Troughs' Role in the Spread of Disease Compromised Equine Welfare

Equine Piroplasmosis in Tennessee promo image

Equine Piroplasmosis in Tennessee

17 racing Quarter horses test positive for disease

Slideshow: Inside the Rio 2016 Equine Veterinary Hospital promo image

Slideshow: Inside the Rio 2016 Equine Veterinary Hospital

The vet staff is prepared for anything and hopes they won't be needed

Equine Influenza Case Handled by UC Davis Large Animal Clinic Protocol promo image

Equine Influenza Case Handled by UC Davis Large Animal Clinic Protocol

Postive-testing horses quickly isolated as daily testing continues

Rio Olympics Horse Care: Jonathan Paget's Clifton Lush Withdrawn from Eventing promo image

Rio Olympics Horse Care: Jonathan Paget's Clifton Lush Withdrawn from Eventing

Stable accident prompts decision to allow horse to rest

Embedded in Rio: Irish, New Zealand Eventing Teams promo image

Embedded in Rio: Irish, New Zealand Eventing Teams

Main Arena Set for Eventing Dressage Phase

Embedded in Rio: Olympic Eventing Preview promo image

Embedded in Rio: Olympic Eventing Preview

Say "Ola!" to the Australian and New Zealand Eventing Teams

Equestrian safety research: What kind of rider falls and doesn't feel it? promo image

Equestrian safety research: What kind of rider falls and doesn't feel it?

Researchers use auto-industry engineering technology to simulate horse kicks and rider falls.

Horses on the wall: Equine art, history and culture in museums this summer promo image

Horses on the wall: Equine art, history and culture in museums this summer

Wall to wall and coast to coast, horses are the stars in these art shows--and they're air-conditioned!