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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.

The science of horsey shopping (well sort of...)

July 2010

We all know how nice it feels to buy something for our beloved horse, whether it is a new rug, bridle or even a saddle; but how often do we stop to think what the horse might like? As with most retail industries, the marketing of the various products available is very enticing and it usually works; as a result of reading through a saddlery catalogue, most people will be sufficiently motivated to then go and buy something from that catalogue. So before buying on impulse something which you or your horse may later regret, why not do some homework?

Equine Science Update - Strangles

May 2008

Strangles is a contagious disease of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Typical signs include fever, loss of appetite, soft cough, purulent nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes of the face, which may often abscessate and burst.   The swollen glands can restrict the airways - hence the name “Strangles”. In some cases, however, the disease may be very mild, causing only slight nasal discharge without a raised temperature or swollen glands. A carrier state without any obvious clinical signs is also possible.

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