While monarch butterflies require milkweed to complete their life cycle, horses are best served by ignoring the ubiquitous plant. Several species of milkweed, a well-known perennial plant, cause poisoning in horses and other livestock, usually when more palatable plants are not available.
Despite being used in the equine industry for decades, concerns surrounding the safety of assisted reproductive therapies (ARTs), such as embryo transfer, persist. According to a recent study, however, horses seem relatively immune to the negative impacts of ART compared to other species.
When trying to teach your horse a new trick or task or even just review basic skills, do you ever feel like shouting out in frustration, “Why won’t you pay attention?” According to a recent study, “paying attention” turns out to be a complex process.
Ammonia gas reacts with sulfuric acid and nitric acid in the air to form small particles that have negative health and environmental effects. Of importance, those small particles aggravate respiratory diseases in horses.
Despite the widespread availability of various regenerative therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of soft-tissue injuries, owners find themselves faced with a new dilemma: choosing the therapy that best fits their horse.
Horses need protein to grow and maintain health, but excess nitrogen from too much dietary protein may affect the environment adversely.
Horses drink significant quantities of water. If water is too dirty, unpalatable, or foul-smelling, horses will not drink it, leading to dehydration and other health concerns, including colic.
A recent study examined additional benefits of real-time body temperature measurements in exercising horses.
As horse owners, we know well the importance of providing horses with water. Consider these six facts about water the next time you’re scrubbing buckets or waiting for the trough to fill.
Breeders seeking to produce foals earlier in the year—a common practice in sectors of the industry with January 1 as a universal birthday—use artificial lighting in the winter months to advance the breeding season. One recent study, however, found that doing so may actually be counterproductive because early breeding produces smaller foals.
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