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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.

A Calmer Horse Could be a Sniff Away

September 2018

How many ways can you think of to stress out a horse? Floating, washing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, saddling - the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, calming options are not as easy. Thanks to research conducted at the University of Arizona, horsemen and horsewomen have a new tool to help manage equine stress, and it's as simple as a sniff. A sniff of lavender, that is.

Gains for Gut Research

September 2018

While most of us are more concerned with disposing of our horses' manure, the examination of faecal and gut contents are providing fascinating upcoming studies for two Ontario Veterinary College researchers: Drs Scott Weese and Luis Arroyo. “The microbial communities of the gut play a crucial role in the health of the horse, and we now know there are major differences between the gut microbiota of healthy horses and those with colitis”, says Dr Arroyo.

Equitation Science 150 years after Caprilli: Theory and Practice, the Full Circle

September 2018

On September 21 the world’s leading equine scientists, students and practitioners will gather in Rome for the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference. This year’s theme of Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour will be addressed by equitation scientists presenting their latest research findings in a packed programme of plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations.

New Research to Investigate Steamed, Soaked and Dry Hay

September 2018

Do you steam or soak your horse’s hay? If you don’t, you probably know someone that does. Soaking and steaming hay are two commonly used methods for managing hay, especially for horses with certain health conditions, like insulin resistance or non-infectious respiratory disease.


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