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Oct 21, 2014
Owner Participation Sought for Equine Disease Research
by Erica Larson
Colorado State University (CSU) researchers are seeking horse owner input for a study aimed at evaluating the economic impact of equine disease outbreaks.

"Through this study, we hope to gain insight on the things horse owners value most regarding the medications they treat their horse(s) with," explained study author Michelle Kibler, a graduate research assistant in CSU's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. "This research will provide information on the importance certain traits of a medication have to the individual horse owner. More info...

Oct 20, 2014
Factors Influencing Jumping Horses' Performance Reviewed
by Erica Larson
horse shows
You know your show jumper requires strict care and conditioning to perform at his best. But what, exactly, is the key to a happy, healthy, and sound show jumper?
Colin Roberts, BVSc, MA, PhD, FSB, FRCVS, of the University of Cambridge, tried to address this question at the 2014 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held Sept. 10-13 in Birmingham, U.K. He reviewed the results of a recent study in which he and a group of researchers evaluated factors influencing show jumping horses' performance. More info...

Oct 17, 2014
Do Professionals Judge Horse Behavior Like Scientists?
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
dressage shows
Do dressage judges see horses' behavior the same way a scientist would? Recent study results yielded mixed results: Equestrian professionals do, on the whole, have an appreciation for welfare-friendly behavior in the ring, but they disagree with scientists when it comes to head and neck position. More info...

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