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KER Research Horses: Where are the Oldest Ones?

KER Research Horses: Where are the Oldest Ones?

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) uses Thoroughbred geldings for its research studies. KER was founded more than 25 years ago, so some of the research horses from the early years are now classified as seniors. Where are these horses now, and what are they doing?

Nutrition

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Testing Horses' Favorite Flavors

Whether they are ill or just plain old finicky, horses that have a decreased intake of food or water are at risk for colic. One potential way to encourage feed and water intake, and even facilitate administration of oral medications, is to flavor those items. But what flavors do horses prefer?

KER Research

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What Are the Effects of Feeding a High-Fat Diet to Horses?

A study was designed to evaluate whether adding fat to a grain meal would affect glucose and insulin responses when the level of grain intake remained the same.

Health

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racehorses on dirt track

Which Horse Racing Surface Has Lowest Concussive Effect?

In a study conducted in California, researchers measured forelimb hoof accelerations and ground reaction forces of racehorses in relation to three racetrack surfaces.

General Interest

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Working horse with winter coat

Working Horses with Winter Coats

Your horse has had a few months of vacation during the winter season. Now that the days are getting longer again, you decide it’s time for him to start legging up in preparation for the spring show circuit. Short of clipping him, how can you deal with his sweaty winter coat after exercise?