Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc

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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.

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Can you get the flu from your horse?

New research suggests equine influenza virus is zoonotic

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High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

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

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A positive for peer pressure

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

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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.

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Nothing boring about yawning

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

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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.

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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.

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Racetrack fatalities continue to decline

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

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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.

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A case for cold storage

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

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A dietary cure for OCD?

Feeding practices may help heal minor developmental bone lesions

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Surgery to prevent colic?

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

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Fear of fireworks widespread among horses

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

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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.

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New 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.

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How your horse tells you what he wants

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

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Alfalfa hay linked to photosensitivity

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

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A genetic component of equine personality identified

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

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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.

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Encouraging findings about long-distance transport

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

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How horses read human emotions

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leptospirosis vaccine introduced

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

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“Height” gene in Shetland Ponies identified

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