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.
If you’re like many, daresay most, horse owners, you probably don’t think too much about the weeds that grow amid the pasture grasses. One low-lying plant that can play havoc with your horse’s health is creeping indigo, a legume that causes liver and neurological disease.
While monarch butterflies require milkweed to complete their life cycle, horses are best served by ignoring the ubiquitous plant. Several species of milkweed, a well-known perennial plant, cause poisoning in horses and other livestock, usually when more palatable plants are not available.
Despite being used in the equine industry for decades, concerns surrounding the safety of assisted reproductive therapies (ARTs), such as embryo transfer, persist. According to a recent study, however, horses seem relatively immune to the negative impacts of ART compared to other species.
When trying to teach your horse a new trick or task or even just review basic skills, do you ever feel like shouting out in frustration, “Why won’t you pay attention?” According to a recent study, “paying attention” turns out to be a complex process.
Ammonia gas reacts with sulfuric acid and nitric acid in the air to form small particles that have negative health and environmental effects. Of importance, those small particles aggravate respiratory diseases in horses.
Despite the widespread availability of various regenerative therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of soft-tissue injuries, owners find themselves faced with a new dilemma: choosing the therapy that best fits their horse.
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