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Exercising Horses Safely in Summer

February 2019

With another hot Summer ahead in the Southern Hemisphere and last year’s record temperatures, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on the latest, evidence-based advice on prevention of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion.

Get 2019 off to a Great Start with SMART Goal Setting

February 2019

It’s that time of year again when we set goals and make resolutions. It’s an exciting time and setting goals can be invigorating. However, more often than not, such resolutions only last a few short weeks or a handful of days. In this article, we’ll discuss your goals and provide ways in which you can, not only achieve your goals, but have fun doing it!  

Functional Hoof Anatomy with Prof. Robert Bowker in Brisbane

February 2019

Event title: Functional Anatomy of the Equine Foot in Health and Disease Date: May 11th & 12th 2019, Brisbane, QLD Lecturer: Professor Robert M Bowker PhD, Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1979 VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1973 BS, Biology/Chemistry, Springfield College, 1969

Call for Senate Inquiry into Horse Identification and Traceability Scheme

February 2019

Despite overwhelming industry support towards a national database for all horses, there has been little progress made so far. Last week, Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi launched an online petition for an inquiry into a National Horse Traceability Register. Senator Faruqi's online petition page can be found here.

The Power of Change

February 2019

Human beings are creatures of habit. Rather than looking for change, we generally prefer things to stay the same. However, change is an important part of growing and, therefore, necessary.  If you keep doing the same things you will get the same outcomes. If you keep training in the same way you easily get stuck in the same problems. Change is essential to keep things fresh and clear.   So, how can we become more comfortable with change and how do we make the unknown our friend rather than fearing it?  

Magnesium may not be as calming after all

January 2019

Although the calming properties of magnesium have been well documented anecdotally, the latest science suggests it may not reliably slow reaction speed responses after all. Evolutionarily, the horse is a prey animal and as such is a creature of flight. Today when the flight reaction is felt to be excessive some owners opt to use calming supplements, usually containing magnesium.

Improving communication of scientific evidence would enhance horse health and welfare, concludes survey

January 2019

Horse owners, carers and yard managers in the United Kingdom believe that scientific research has positive impact on horse welfare, yet most find the science difficult to understand and act upon. An online survey was conducted by Chantil Sinclair a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), supervised by Dr Jackie Cardwell, Dr Nicola Menzies-Gow (RVC) and Dr Carrie Roder (Anglia Ruskin University) plus Dr Pat Harris (WALTHAM).

Equitation Scientists Challenge 'Misinformation' Presented at WHW Conference

December 2018

In an open letter, the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) asked World Horse Welfare (WHW) to publicly rectify "a number of incorrect claims and insinuations" made by Olympian and WHW trustee Richard Davison regarding noseband research at their recent conference. Roly Owers, MRCVS, WHW chief executive responded and praised Richard Davison for sharing his personal opinions and encouraging debate on issues affecting sport horse welfare. Hon. President of ISES was asked by WHW to publish the response and it can be downloaded here. 

Joint disease and Pain in horses

December 2018

Joint injuries in horses have a real impact, not just on the horse but also the owner, these diseases can result from an injury that is quite acute to a more chronic condition such as osteoarthritis. Joint injuries are the most common cause of lameness within performance horses (and horses in general), and very often mean the horse’s career will come to an end. Cartilage that normally covers the ends of adjoining bones can be damaged which results in reduced joint movement and soreness.

The 'Speed Gene' in Thoroughbred Horses

December 2018

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic basis that explains why some Thoroughbred racehorses are better equipped to race over sprint distances and others over longer distances. The Irish scientists, from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (UCD), have discovered the inner workings of a known 'speed gene', which directly affects skeletal muscle growth and, in turn, race distance aptitude.

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