Being able to use a portable media device, which is comparable to a smartphone, to assess postural stability in horses in a field setting could help veterinarians distinguish between lameness and neurological conditions—a surprisingly challenging task in some cases.
According to a recent survey, horses that require removal of one eye (unilateral enucleation) continue to successfully compete in athletic events. This news helps assuage fears of concerned owners when faced with making the difficult decision to enucleate when the medical management of eye diseases fails.
If we all had acres of land, then the dilemma of how and when to turn horses out might be less of an issue. For many of us, limited pasture causes concern when providing turnout.
Horses derive vitamin D through the feedstuffs they ingest, but horses can also synthesize vitamin D when their skin is exposed to sunlight.
Results from one recent study suggest identification of genes that play a role in how muscles respond and adapt to exercise may, in the near future, also help train performance horses.
If there was actually a way to make being kicked by a horse a more pleasant experience, then recent research suggests that leaving horses unshod causes less damage than horses with aluminum or steel shoes.
How do horses handle stressful situations, such as traveling long distances, mixing with strange horses, and competing at unfamiliar venues? One group of researchers recently asked this exact question and conducted a study to measure cortisol levels in saliva in horses during competitions away from home.
A group of researchers found that a flaccid aryepiglottic fold might be the underlying reason for postsurgical complications, and a simple injection can resolve the problem.
In human medicine, many parents elect to “bank” stem cells from fetal tissues at the time of birth. Still not as popular in the equine industry, one recent study shows that stem cells derived from fetal tissues rather than an older horse’s own bone marrow or adipose tissue might, in fact, be more effective when treating an injury.
If you feel your horse’s training has reached a plateau but you’re not competing at the level you hoped to, new research supports the theory that hypoxic training can help improve fitness.
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