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Fat horses need to lose weight NOW, say UK vets

February 2019

With some studies suggesting that more than half of certain horse populations in the UK are overweight or obese, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is urging owners to act now to prevent their horses suffering serious weight-related health and welfare risks come the Northern Hemisphere Spring.

Crib biting and ulcers: Not directly related but both linked to stress

February 2019

New research published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior suggests there is no direct inherent link between crib biting and equine gastric ulceration (EGUS) but rather that both conditions are linked to environmental and physiological stress. Study highlights: Crib biting horses did not differ in G-Cell concentrations compared to non-cri biting horses. Crib biting horses did not differ in stomach pH compared to non-crib biting horses. EGUS was observed in crib biting and non-crib biting horses. Environmental and cellular stress are postulated to be the link between conditions.

Some North American prehistoric horses were coastal couch potatoes

February 2019

Much like today's Assateague Horses and unlike today's zebras, prehistoric horses in parts of North America did not make epic migrations to find food or fresh water, according to a new study by the University of Cincinnati. The findings suggest Florida was something of a horse paradise 5 million years ago, providing everything the animals could want in a relatively small area. The study was published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Plains zebras and Mongolian wild horses take on epic migrations each year to find water or green grass.

Diagnostic Imaging Breakthroughs in Fracture Management

January 2019

The Equine Veterinary Journal has published an open access collection of articles to highlight diagnostic imaging breakthroughs in equine fracture management.  With fractures being a common occurrence in horses of all ages and breeds, the development of various imaging modalities over the past ten years is helping significantly to advance management techniques.  

Laminitis Research: A New Age of Understanding

December 2018

Laminitis... A condition that strikes fear into every horse owner. Long recognised as a cause of lameness, laminitis can have debilitating long-term effects on horses and ponies. It often becomes an insidious, chronic issue that requires careful management, including a constant evaluation of the diet and specialised hoof care.

Effect of Soaking Hay on Nutrient Content and Hygiene Quality

December 2018

Soaking hay in water to reduce the sugar content of hay is very common and, for many people with horses diagnosed with laminitis, insulin resistance, polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) or obesity, it's become a routine part of their daily horse-keeping duties. But, have you considered what the effects of soaking are on the hay’s nutrient profile and hygiene quality?

Want to see horse sports thrive? Give YOUR opinion!

November 2018

Whether you are a trainer, jockey, breeder, coach, recreational rider or elite competitor; make your opinion count when it comes to the equipment you use with horses and why you use it. Your contribution to this study adds value and can contribute to a better future for horses and the horse sports you love!

Your Spooky Horse Explained

November 2018

Improving your understanding of the inbuilt instinct for survival in the horse - how it is triggered and what it looks like - will improve your training methods, reduce the instances of injury to both, you and other people around the fearful horse and the horse himself. A question of survival 

Are You Over-training Your Horse?

October 2018

If you are repeatedly training your horse to do the same task every day, you could well be spending your time more productively. New research has found that horses have similar learning progress and remember a task just as well, when they are trained every three days, as when they are trained daily.

Enteroliths: Is Your Horse at Risk?

October 2018

Enteroliths are stones that can form in the large intestine (right dorsal colon) of the horse that may cause partial or complete blockage of the intestine. They are one of the many causes of colic in horses. This article reviews the dietary factors associated with the formation of enteroliths.


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