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Comparing equid skulls for insight into behavioral differences

Researchers hope the study can explain differences in behavior between horses an donkeys.


Straight Talk about Equine Feed Labels

Advice from an expert on parsing feed label lingo so you can make the best nutritional choices for your horse. By Kathy P. Anderson, PhD, for EQUUS magazine.

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EQUUS Pop Quiz: Horse Terms

Take a mini quiz from the editors of EQUUS for a quick test of your horse knowledge.

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EQUUS Pop Quiz: Tendon Troubles

How much do you know about what stresses the critical connectors between your horse's muscle and bone? Take this test to find out.

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Q&A: Why can’t horses vomit?

The surprising reasons why horses, unlike fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and most mammals, can't "lose their lunch."

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Are blue eyes in horses more sensitive than brown?

An equine ophthalmologist dispels the myth that blue eyes are more susceptible to disease.


BCS: What Body Condition Scores Mean

The Henneke Body Condition Score system provides an accurate, objective measure of the body fat a horse has accumulated. The 9-point scale is relied on by veterinarians, researchers and horse owners to describe the body condition of a horse in a consisten

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What the Color of Your Horse's Gums Can Tell You

From salmon pink to brick red, here's what the color of a horse's gums reveals about his health.

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Uncovering a Case of Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

A kind mare turns into a grouch, sending her owner on a long journey to eliminate a list of causes for her sour behavior.

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The Genetic Basis of Speed in Racehorses

For centuries, managing the careers of Thoroughbred racehorses has been more art than science. Now, however, trainers can use a genetic test to determine the optimum racing distance for an individual horse based on a variation of a specific muscle-growth gene.

Beyond Basic Equine Dental Care

Occassionally, a horse needs more than a simple floating. Here's a look at the advanced therapeutic equine dental options available today.

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Listening to Your Horse's Lungs

Just as lung sounds can reveal a lot about our own health, the noises your horse makes when he breathes can tell you about his health.

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Easy equine vision tests

If your horse has uveitis or another condition that may affect his vision, check his eyesight regularly to catch developing problems early. These simple equine vision tests will help you safely assess just how much your horse can see.


Three Facts About Your Horse's Spleen

Here's a quick look at the horse spleen, the organ responsible for much of a horse's athletic potential.

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Raising the Base of the Horse's Neck

Raise the base of your own neck to better understand how a horse produces an arch with his neck. By Deb Bennett, PhD, for EQUUS magazine.

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Seeing Excellence: In-Depth Conformation Insights

Dr. Deb Bennett, PhD, shares anatomical measurements and ratios of nine "perfect" horses. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.


Illustrated Guide: Body Condition Score System

Don Henneke's nine-point body condition score scale takes the guesswork out of evaluating equine body fat levels.

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Analyze Your Horse's Proportions

Dr. Deb Bennett, PhD, tells you how to analyze your horse's proportions. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.

Catch Tying Up Early

Recognize that your horse is tying up as early as possible. By the editors of EQUUS magazine.


Common Equine Dental Problems

Here's how to recognize dental malformations and abnormal wear patterns in horses.

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Take Part in EQUUS Magazine's Conformation Analysis Series

Anatomy expert Deb Bennett, PhD, offers her insights into equine conformation. Send in your horse's photo to learn what he's built to do best and how you can help keep him sound!

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Managing a Hearing-Impaired Horse

With a few minor adjustments in your training and horsekeeping techniques you can make sure your deaf horse can get along just fine.

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Ease Mounting Pressures on Your Horse

The way you mount up from ground to saddle at the start of a ride has important implications for your horse's body and mind.