Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc


What your horse's hair whirls and whorls may mean

Research shows that the direction of a horse's "cowlicks" provides clues to how he will behave when he spooks.


Can you get the flu from your horse?

New research suggests equine influenza virus is zoonotic

Horse wearing purple blanket with neck cover

Training horses to choose their own blankets

Norwegian researchers have been able to teach horses to indicate their preference when it comes to blanketing.


High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

Researchers say polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology can be indispensable for investigating difficult cases of rainrot..

A group of trail riders in the woods

Peer pressure leads to helmet use

Research shows that riders are more likely to be safety conscious if their fellow equestrians have similar habits and views.

A group of riders on Icelandic horses riding through a field of flowers with a green mountain in the background.

Origins of ambling horses traced

DNA analysis suggests that gaited horses were brought from the British Isles to the North Atlantic island by the Norse people.

Horse laying down in a bed of sawdust

Which horse bedding harbors more bacteria?

Research reveals what bedding types have natural anti-bacterial properties.

A chestnut horse yawning

Nothing boring about yawning

A yawn can signal something other than boredom or drowsiness, it may mean a horse is frustrated or unhappy.

three varieties of horse grain or supplements

What's at the root of insulin resistance?

It's long been know that obese horses are more likely to develop insulin resistance. Now we may know why.


An easier test for tapeworms

In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, a simple saliva test can now be used to identify tapeworm infections in horses.


Racetrack fatalities continue to decline

Statistics show a 14 percent drop in fatal injuries to Thoroughbred racehorses at American racetracks from 2014 to 2015.

old guy

New option for treating arthritic pain

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tablet form of the COX-2 selective firocoxib, sold under the name Equioxx.

Two horses grazing on a field during summer.

Keep manure samples cold

Research shows that the way manure samples are handled can affect the accuracy of fecal egg counts.


A dietary cure for OCD?

Feeding practices may help heal minor developmental bone lesions

Close up of the head of a bay horse who is wearing a black bridle with a flash noseband.

What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

Research shows that a tight noseband can increase a horse's stress levels.

Bay horse grazing on long, very green grass.

The danger of marsh mallow

This herb is popular with urban forages, but can be deadly to horses.

horse hooves

Surprising findings about rare navicular condition

Partitioned navicular bones—often confused with fractures—may be genetic and not related to trauma.

A horse lying down, looking uncomfortable

Surgery may prevent some colics

A simple procedure can reduce a horse's risk of developing a common type of colic.

Woman loping a chestnut horse in Western tack across a field.

Exercise your horse to reduce his stress

Horses who are regularly exercised have lower levels of stress hormone than those who are not.

rope halter

Fear of fireworks widespread among horses

New study shows anxiety consistent among horses exposed to pyrotechnics..

A masked female veterinarian giving a vaccine to a horse.

Reassuring findings about vaccine administration

New research suggests that vaccines against equine influenza virus (EIV) and equine herpesvirus types 1 and 4 (EHV-1/4) can safely be given on the same day.

A close up view of a bay horse's eye.

Another cause of glaucoma in horses

Abnormally high pressure within the eye linked to detachment of the Descemet’s membrane.

An easier way to diagnose EHV-5 lung infection

New research suggests that one type of sporadic lung infection can be diagnosed without a biopsy.


How your horse tells you what he wants

Study shows that horses are capable of using a mode of communication often used by dogs.

A horse eating hay out of a haynet.

Alfalfa hay linked to photosensitivity

Research shows that alfalfa hay can induce primary photosensitive reactions in horses.

Young child hugging a horse's head.

A genetic component of equine personality identified

Researchers are close to identifying a gene that may make some horses easier to handle than others.


First U.S. case of equine Chagas disease

A protozoal infection mainly found in Mexico, South America and Central America, has been diagnosed in a horse in Texas.

Horse looking out of the back of a trailer

Encouraging findings about long-distance transport

Research shows that horses transported long distances with a commercial shipping company had low risk of associated health problems.


How horses read human emotions

Research shows that horses recognize and react to human emotions expressed by facial cues alone.

Buckskin horse hanging his head over the door of a stall with ears back and eyes closed.

Spotting signs of equine depression

A growing body of research suggests that horses can enter a depression-like state as a reaction to their environment or chronic pain.


USEF to require microchips for some events

By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions must be ID microchips.


First U.S. case of equine Chagas disease

A protozoal infection previously seen only in Mexico, South America and Central America has been detected in a horse in Texas.

riding in ring

USEF to require microchips for some events

By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions of United States Equestrian Federation-recognized events must be microchipped for identification purposes.

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A genetic component of equine personality identified

Researchers in Japan are close to identifying a gene that may make some horses easier to handle than others.


Combination dewormer approved for pregnant mares

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Quest Plus Gel for use in breeding, pregnant and lactating mares.


Leptospirosis vaccine introduced

The first vaccine that protects horses against the bacterial infection leptospirosis is now available.

A small shetland pony standing on a heath.

“Height” gene in Shetland Ponies identified

Swiss researchers have located a gene that controls height in Shetland Ponies and other pony breeds.