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Helping the Herd With $175,000 in Relief Raised so Far

Helping the Herd With $175,000 in Relief Raised so Far

After two or three months of complete shut-down because of COVID-19 and now an only partial return to normal operations, lesson program owners are looking at scary balance sheets: same costs of feed and care, but nothing in the revenue column.

How Hay Banks Are Helping Horses in Need During the Pandemic

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How Hay Banks Are Helping Horses in Need During the Pandemic

Feed and hay bills did not stop even though income evaporated amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizations across the country offer access to hay banks and A Home For Every Horse helps connect horse owners with those resources.

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Physical Conditioning is Important for Previously Idle Horses

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Physical Conditioning is Important for Previously Idle Horses

Bone tissue responds to use by altering both its density and shape in response to the stress placed on it. Research has shown that short periods of cyclical loading – multiple short-duration sessions of moderate-to-intense exercise – is preferred over long periods of galloping, she said.

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Grazing the Metabolic Horse- A Game of Russian Roulette

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Grazing the Metabolic Horse- A Game of Russian Roulette

Spring growths of grass at their peak almost invariably exceed that limit. They are extremely dangerous for any horse with problems in controlling insulin. Areas that experience considerable regrowth in the fall after high summer heat, may have a similar high sugar scenario at that time.

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Addressing More Risk Factors of Veterinary Suicide

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Addressing More Risk Factors of Veterinary Suicide

“The primary source of vet suicide is adverse psychosocial working conditions. Many in the veterinary profession suffer from high levels of anxiety, depression, stress and burnout, and high personal expectations due to these risk factors,” said Dr Warwick Vale, AVA President.

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Could Sperm Extender be the Recipe For Fertility Success?

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Could Sperm Extender be the Recipe For Fertility Success?

A world-first sperm extender is set to more than double the effectiveness of artificial insemination rates in horses and may also have implications for humans. University of Newcastle scientists, Dr Zamira Gibb and Dr Aleona Swegen, have developed a revolutionary nutrient-rich liquid that enables collected horse semen to live for two weeks outside the body without the need to be frozen.

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Help Horses Avoid Heat Stress

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Help Horses Avoid Heat Stress

Horses, like humans, dissipate most of their excess body heat through sweating. Horses can sweat as much as 2½ to 3 gallons – 10 to 12 liters – per hour. Depending on the environmental temperature and the animal’s workload, it is possible for a horse to become dehydrated in as little as two to three hours. Furthermore, horses may not drink enough, even when provided water.

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All Carbs Matter in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

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All Carbs Matter in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

There are physiological differences between humans and horses. For example, horses don’t produce high levels of ketones, even when starving. Horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) are not at high risk for cardiovascular disease, the way humans are. They develop laminitis instead.

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UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Launches New Website, DNA Tests

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UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Launches New Website, DNA Tests

Beyond the easily searchable genetic tests offered, the VGL’s new website also features a genetics glossary, coat color resources, and educational materials like “pop-up” scrollable definitions of words throughout the site, as well as continually-updated activities and gameslike animal-related crossword puzzles and DIY at-home science projects.

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Fully Articulated Horse Skeleton Rebuilt to Help Teach Anatomy

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Fully Articulated Horse Skeleton Rebuilt to Help Teach Anatomy

“I’ve held each portion of the horse in my hand and turned it around to make it fit where it was supposed to go, then put it back together. So, I’ve literally taken everything apart and then put it back together piece by piece. As a future equine surgeon, it’s going to be priceless, truly. … It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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