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Horses Blink Less, Twitch Eyelids More When Stressed

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Horses Blink Less, Twitch Eyelids More When Stressed

“When we train horses, we specifically teach them to suppress their stress responses because we don’t want horses to react when they are startled or nervous. But even if they’ve learned to suppress their reaction, it doesn’t actually decrease the stress they feel,” she said.

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Latex Exposure Could be Detrimental to Horse Health

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Latex Exposure Could be Detrimental to Horse Health

Horses primarily come into contact with natural rubber latex on artificial riding surfaces, like arenas and racetracks. Urbanized environments, which also have higher levels of breathable latex from car tires, have been identified as a risk factor in sEA, as well.

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Cross Training For Competitive Equines?

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Cross Training For Competitive Equines?

“Whether it be a football player studying ballet or a dressage horse learning to work cows – cross-training is a central pillar to athletic success and longevity.” – Dr. Brianne Henderson BVMS MRCVS, Ferguson Equine Veterinary Services & Toronto Equine Hospital

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President Trump Signs First Federal Anti-Cruelty Statute Into Law

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President Trump Signs First Federal Anti-Cruelty Statute Into Law

“We have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation,” said President Donald J. Trump.  “With today’s act, we take the critical step toward being more responsible and humane stewards of our planet and all who we want to cherish and take care of, and all of those who live on it.”

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FDA Approves New Drug For Control of Pyrexia, “Fever,” in Horses

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FDA Approves New Drug For Control of Pyrexia, “Fever,” in Horses

Pyrexia, or fever, is associated with a number of underlying diseases and can result in significant negative outcomes, including dehydration, laminitis, muscle wasting, weight loss, and in some cases death. Among performance horses, fever can also lead to loss of training and competition days. There are more than eight million horses in the United States, and over one million are seen by a veterinarian for fever annually.

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Horse Survives Aggressive Bacterial Infection to Return to Show Pen

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Horse Survives Aggressive Bacterial Infection to Return to Show Pen

“As more time passed, with no response to the antibiotics, Royal’s survival rate was diminishing,” Ammeson said. “How long can a horse live on three legs before he founders, or his body gives out?”

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From Corporate Desk Job to Equine Massage

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From Corporate Desk Job to Equine Massage

It was not always this way for Marguerite as her initial career started out as an administrative/executive assistant for a pharmaceutical company. She was drawn to horses as a child and rode whenever she could. As a teen, the opportunity for exposure to the racing industry presented itself when her family purchased a cottage in Kincardine, which backed onto the local fairgrounds where Standardbreds trained.

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How Safe is Your Horse Trailer, Really?

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How Safe is Your Horse Trailer, Really?

Have you ever just backed up to your horse trailer, attached it to your truck, loaded your horses and drove on down the road without another thought? Well, I hate to admit it, but I have.

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First Standing Equine PET Scanner Now Ready For Clinical Use

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First Standing Equine PET Scanner Now Ready For Clinical Use

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, has completed the first phase of the validation of the MILE-PET, the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image the limbs of standing horses, using light sedation, eliminating the need for anesthesia.

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New Genetics Research Could Lead to Test For EMS

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New Genetics Research Could Lead to Test For EMS

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis—a painful and debilitating inflammation of tissue in a horse’s hooves, which can necessitate euthanasia in severe cases. This study aimed to equip horse owners and veterinarians with a potential path toward getting ahead of this debilitating disease through genetic screening. 

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