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Inside the Research at KER: What Is a Step Test?

Inside the Research at KER: What Is a Step Test?

When a step test is conducted at Kentucky Equine Research, a horse runs on the equine treadmill with the speed gradually increased until maximum oxygen consumption is reached.

Nutrition

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Stalling Young Horses Alters Normal Bone Growth

A major concern with young performance horses is the high incidence of skeletal injury. Young, growing horses transferred from pasture to stalls prior to yearling sales or commencement of training may be predisposed to injury.

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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Equine Body Language

Horses don’t have a language of words that we can understand, but that doesn’t mean they don’t communicate with each other and with their human caretakers. One way to understand what a horse is saying is to pay attention to his body language.

General Interest

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Leishmaniasis Cases Reported

Leishmaniasis, a disease caused by Leishmania protozoa, is common in tropical regions around the world. It is uncommon in horses in the United States, though a few cases have been reported in horses living in Florida in the last several years.