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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.

The Gut Microbiome and Health: Researchers Team Up to Learn More

July 2018

Horse owners know the importance of teamwork. When your partner weighs 1,000 pounds, the importance of listening to and learning about their perspective is clear. Teamwork is also important when it comes to research and is the driving force behind many important scientific discoveries.

Testing for Tapeworm also Effective at Reducing Anthelmintic Drugs

May 2018

Research published in Equine Veterinary Journal shows testing for tapeworms using the commercially available EquiSal® test and treating only the horses affected, significantly reduces the use of anti-tapeworm treatments and, therefore, will reduce selection pressure for tapeworm resistance to anthelmitic drugs in the future.

Allergen Chip Now Available for Horses

April 2018

An allergen microchip, developed at the Medical University of Vienna, can be used to identify allergic sensitisation in horses. This is the main finding of an international study recently published in leading journal Allergy.

Przewalski's Horses: New Study Overturns Long-Held Assumptions

April 2018

Research published in Science has overturned a long-held assumption Przewalski's horses, native to the Eurasian steppes, are the last wild horse species on Earth. Instead, phylogenetic analysis shows Przewalski's horses are feral, descended from the earliest-known instance of horse domestication by the Botai people of northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago. Further, the new paper finds modern, domesticated horses didn't descend from the Botai horses - an assumption previously held by many scientists.

E-BARQ: Make Positive Contribution to the Future of Horse Welfare

February 2018

You are invited to participate in the Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ). E-BARQ is an online survey that will continuously collect data on the training, management and behaviour of horses.

Through Their Eyes: Assessing Our Horses' Quality of Life

February 2018

Take a moment to think about what the term ‘equine welfare’ means to you. Does it describe the animal’s physical condition or does it speak more widely of the animal’s ethology, such as whether it has the opportunity to express natural, species-specific behaviours? Does it mean something deeper still, perhaps delving into the subjective realms of equine happiness, contentment, joy?

Collaboration the Way Forward for Horse Welfare

February 2018

When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and their jockeys, to challenge long held beliefs and values, and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions, it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way.

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