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April 23, 2018

Horse Breeding Behavior

It is important that horse owners and breeders understand and recognize the basics of equine reproductive behavior for management purposes. This article discusses the main behaviors associated with horse breeding. Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky An understanding of the basics of reproductive behavior is important. This understanding can lead to management applications that can improve

EQUESTRIAN CULTURE

History of horse coat colors … The Emperor’s new coats

Human preferences for horse coat colors have changed greatly over time and across cultures. Spotted and diluted horses were more frequent from the beginning of domestication until the end of the Roman Empire, whereas solid colors (bay, black and chestnut) were predominant in the Middle Ages. These are the findings of an international research team

Gentle Giant Sea Horses

During the months of February through May, and again in September through November, the “Paardenvissers” or fishermen on horseback from Oostduinkerke, Belgium have taken their Belgian (Brabant or Brabançon) horses, planks and nets into the breast-deep water of the North Sea trolling for shrimp since the 17th Century.   Sturdy and steady and willing to work is the name

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NEWS

Dalit man killed in Gujarat for keeping, riding horse

A Dalit man was killed in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district by some higher-caste persons for keeping and riding a horse, police said. Even as area residents claimed that tension prevailed in Timbi village in Umrala tehsil, police said three suspects have been detained from a nearby village and sought the help of the Bhavnagar Crime Branch

Best horse movies you must watch

“National Velvet” (1944) Start with one of the classical pieces of cinematic horse history, number one is a story that is canonically one of every horse-lover’s favorites. The protagonist, Velvet Brown (played by Elizabeth Taylor), adores horses and comes to own one very spirited horse, which she names The Pie. A jockey played by Mickey

Emotional Intelligence Increased With Horses

A research study conducted at the University of Kentucky found that working with horses could increase emotional intelligence. The total number of research subjects in the study was 21, and they were all nurses. Ten were from a neuroscience surgery service unit and eleven worked in trauma and acute care at a hospital. The group

Sex abuse against horses on the rise in Switzerland

Switzerland is seeing a worrying increase in the number of sex attacks carried out against animals and in particular horses. Figures showed cases of animal abuse rose to 1,709 in 2014, an increase of 1,542 from the previous 12 months. The findings are worrying animal rights groups as it is a problem that seems to

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HEALTH

Horse sedating trick: Judge sentences David Smith, Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka to jail

Two ladies and a vet have been imprisoned over a “terrible” trick that included sedating wiped out and possibly perilous stallions and offering them to clueless purchasers. Equestrian focus accomplices Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka and David Smith were sentenced following a protracted trial a month ago. The stallions, estimated from £1,950 to £5,700, were

High-tech for horses: New whole body CT system uses robotic technology

Robotics-driven design provides an unlimited range of motion and unencumbered access to the horse’s entire anatomy. From Universal Medical Systems, Inc., of Solon, Ohio, and Equine 4DDI comes a new computed tomography (CT) system allowing for whole-body scans of standing and moving horses. The equipment, called Equimagine, operates as an imaging workstation using two or

Equine Endocrinology: Cushing’s Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

Introduction With each passing year, horses are living longer lives and their owners are becoming more interested in preserving health, athletic function and quality of life throughout middle age and the geriatric years. This article reviews two related endocrine disorders of mature and geriatric horses: equine Cushing’s disease and a recently recognized condition that is

Caring for horses eases symptoms of dementia

SOURCE :- Ohio State University Summary: In the first study of its kind, researchers have determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia. The small pilot study suggests that equine therapy — a treatment used today for children and teens who have emotional and developmental disorders — could work for adults, too,

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