Where horse meets art and gives us a look inside

With 205 bones and 700 muscles the horse is a challenging animal for anatomy students to study. That was until champion rider Gillian Higgins came up with the novel idea of showing people how it all works. Rather than bog them down with dusty diagrams and skeletal sketches, she hit upon the idea of painting… Continue reading Where horse meets art and gives us a look inside

8 clear signs a horse likes and trusts you

by HORSEY HOOVES 1. They come up to greet you If a horse likes you, they will often come up to greet you when they hear you coming. They may run up to the pasture fence or be eagerly waiting for you at their stall door. If a horse is eager to greet you, that… Continue reading 8 clear signs a horse likes and trusts you

Caring for horses in hot weather

THEHORSE.COM With a well-thought-out management plan, horses can stay cool and comfy in the midst of summer. To help get you started on the right track, TheHorse.com caught up with Nancy Loving, DVM, an equine practitioner in Boulder, Colorado, to find out what the most important things to consider are when caring for horses in… Continue reading Caring for horses in hot weather

Attitudes of the equestrian public towards equine end-of-life decisions

by Catherine Bell and Suzanne RogersEquine Behaviour and Training Association, Godalming GU8 6AX, UK A recent study indicated that welfare issues concerning emotional state or behaviour are at risk of being omitted from end-of-life decisions. ABSTRACT A key welfare concern for the equine population in the U.K. has been identified as delayed death, leading to prolonged suffering… Continue reading Attitudes of the equestrian public towards equine end-of-life decisions

Industrial hemp growers eye market for horse bedding

stabled American horses could soon be bedding down on a comfortable layer of industrial hemp.

By HORSETALK.CO.NZ (3 Jun 2020) — More stabled American horses could soon be bedding down on a comfortable layer of industrial hemp, as growers eye a raft of uses for their versatile plant. Florida is among several US states with high hopes for its fledgeling hemp industry. Industrial hemp is a Cannabis sativa plant which contains less… Continue reading Industrial hemp growers eye market for horse bedding

Horse owners struggling during pandemic

Black horse peers out from his stall window. Free Image.

As we watch the news for issues that impact the well-being of horses during the pandemic, there is some that looks like good news, such as the cancellation of events where horses are abused, injured and even killed. And then there is the news that looks not so good. One in particular that has been… Continue reading Horse owners struggling during pandemic

Repetitive motion can cause soft tissue injuries in equines

ALBERTA FARM EXPRESS — Soft tissue injuries are not common in horses that live in the wild; these injuries generally occur when a repetitive motion is carried out in an unnatural way. Even small movements done repeatedly can damage soft tissue damage over time, even if the injury starts out as minor. Tendons and ligaments… Continue reading Repetitive motion can cause soft tissue injuries in equines

Is the captive bolt a humane death for horses?

Captive bolt placement demonstrated on a sedated horse's head. This was a demonstration only. The horse was not killed.

Is using a captive bolt to kill a horse just as humane, or perhaps more humane, than say killing a horse with chemicals — or chemical euthanization? This issue is at the forefront yet again because a horse rescue is reportedly killing unadoptable horses with the captive bolt and incinerating their remains (the "horse rescue").… Continue reading Is the captive bolt a humane death for horses?

The Horse’s new “Equine Innovators” podcast

Horse looking out from Barn Door from blog.posterjack.ca.

Starting Monday, Feb. 24, 2019 VIA THEHORSE.COM Each day researchers at universities and other institutions around the world are investigating new ways to care for and understand our horses. Whether you realize it or not, the work they do influences your daily interactions with your horses. That formulation you scoop into feed buckets each morning?… Continue reading The Horse’s new “Equine Innovators” podcast

Horse Treats

Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend's 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Hello! I'm here again. This time to talk treats and horses. First of all a treat is just that, a "treat" — and meant to be given occasionally and in small amounts to your horse. Horses are individuals just like us with individual tastes. Some love super sweet treats; others are not so crazy about… Continue reading Horse Treats