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Epilepsy in Horses: An analysis

October 2012

Epilepsy is classed as a chronic neurological condition characterized by reoccurring seizures. Horses suffer from epilepsy much like humans do, but despite the fact that a great deal of research has gone into both human and small animal (cat and dog) cases, the research and information available in relation to horses is limited. With the exception of genetic disorders, there has been little agreement or uniformity in describing possible epileptic seizures in horses in previous investigations of the disorder.

Study finds that access to a variety of forages enriches the environment of stable horses

September 2012

Key outcome In the absence of adequate pasture, providing horses with more than one type of forage will provide a means of enriching a horse’s environment and diet by offering variety and encouraging foraging behaviour. How was this outcome arrived at?

Motion Sensors Detect Horse Lameness Earlier Than Veterinarians

August 2012

    The most common ailment to affect a horse is lameness, and a University of Missouri equine veterinarian has developed a way to detect this problem using a motion detection system called the "Lameness Locator." Now, Kevin Keegan, a professor of equine surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU, has found that his Lameness Locator can detect lameness earlier than veterinarians using the traditional method of a subjective eye test.The Lameness Locator, which is now in commercial use, places small sensors on the horse's head, right front limb and croup, near th

Linking science and practice

August 2012

Equitation Science is relevant to all horse training. It includes learning theory, ethology, cognition, biomechanics and sports science as a way of informing a more ethical and effective way of training horses. In recent years the rise of ‘natural horsemanship’ has led to too much emphasis on natural equine behaviour and not enough on learning behaviour. In fact, both are equally important. The difference between learning and training The behaviour of all animals changes as a result of their experiences: this is learning. It enables them to respond to changes in their environment.

Deworming horses with cushing's

July 2012

Are horses with Cushing’s disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction ; PPID) more susceptible to worms? If so, they may need special consideration when developing strategies for controlling internal parasites. A study at Oklahoma State University looked at the effect of PPID and age on fecal worm egg counts and the time for eggs to reappear in the feces after deworming Dr Dianne McFarlane and colleagues compared the response to anthelmintic treatment on fecal egg counts in healthy horses and those with Cushing’s disease.

Ancient Artists Spot On

July 2012

For years, archaeologists have debated whether cave paintings were intended as a realistic portrayal of life as seen by the artist or whether they were a flight of fancy having symbolic significance. The latter view was fuelled by the fact that, although genes for bay and black hair colour had been identified in ancient DNA, the gene for spotted coat colouring had not been found.

Ivermectin Overdose - a case report

July 2012

Guessing your horse’s weight and ignoring the manufacturer’s recommended dose can be potentially fatal when administering ivermectin based worming pastes.   Following a massive overdose of an ivermectin based worming paste of an 11 month old miniature Shetland Pony colt in Switzerland, a case report has been published to outline the effects of the ivermectin overdose, and effectiveness of treatments administered.  The pony was presented at the University of Zurich Equine Hospital for evaluation 34 hours after overdosing on the worming paste.

Transporting your horse. Does travel position and angle have an effect on performance?

July 2012

Scientists in Italy recently published a study where twelve standardbred trotters were transported for 200km in three different positions: forwards, backwards, and sideways (in relation to direction of travel). Their aim was to assess the behaviour and physiological condition of the horses before and after travel, in an effort to ascertain the best direction of travel for horses.  

Epilepsy in Horses: an Analysis

June 2012

Epilepsy is classed as a chronic neurological condition characterised by reoccurring seizures.     Horses suffer from epilepsy much like humans do, but despite the fact that a great deal of research has gone into both human and small animal (cat and dog) cases, the research and information available in relation to horses is limited.    

Ivermectin Overdose, a case report

June 2012

Guessing your horse’s weight and ignoring the manufacturer’s recommended dose can be potentially fatal when administering ivermectin based worming pastes.Following a massive overdose of an ivermectin based worming paste of an 11 month old miniature Shetland Pony colt in Switzerland, a case report has been published to outline the effects of the ivermectin overdose, and effectiveness of treatments administered. The pony was presented at the University of Zurich Equine Hospital for evaluation 34 hours after overdosing on the worming paste.

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