Published: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 01:07:41 +0000
Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 01:09:10 +0000Copyright: Equine Science Update
Fri, 28 Dec 2007 01:07:41 +0000A new species of bacteria threatens horses' teeth. Research from Sweden implicates a previously unknown bacterium in the development of tooth decay (caries) in horses.
Fri, 28 Dec 2007 01:06:30 +0000Work at the University of Queensland has shown that prolonged high levels of insulin can induce laminitis..
Sat, 1 Dec 2007 20:21:01 +0000Research suggests that a single dose of tryptophan has no calming effect on horses....
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 00:54:21 +0000What would you ask an Equine Nutritionist? Nutrition is the basis of all health in any animal, whether a pasture ornament or a high- performance champion.
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 00:42:57 +0000When horses are kept in a group, competition for food and the herd social hierarchy conspire to make feeding time a potentially dangerous affair. Which is the safest way to feed groups of yearlings turned out at pasture? A study at Pennsylvania State University investigated how horses responded to three different feeding systems.
Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:11:08 +0000Not only do horses like a choice of forage, it appears they prefer to find their food in different places.
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:03:20 +0000Given a choice of four different automatic water bowls, horses in a study at Texas A&M University showed a clear preference for drinking from one particular model.
Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:37:04 +0000Research carried out at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala found that when horses were offered hay, two different haylages and silage, they preferred the silage.
Fri, 6 Oct 2006 01:08:42 +0000Recent work has shed light on some of the underlying causes of pasture-associated laminitis. Workers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, have identified a prelaminitic metabolic syndrome in apparently healthy ponies.
Wed, 23 Aug 2006 22:26:59 +0000Laminitis, insulin sensitivity, and the influence of nutrition on respiratory health are among the topics covered in the Equine Research Digest published by the Waltham® Equine Studies Group.
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 23:07:21 +0000The importance of checking hay to ensure it does not contain poisonous plants was emphasized recently. A group of horses started to show signs of colic after being fed on lucerne hay containing a high proportion of thorn apple (Datura stramonium). One horse died after its stomach ruptured.
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 22:24:47 +0000Many horses are partial to an occasional mint. But what other flavors would they prefer if they had the choice? A recent study carried out at Southampton Universitys Equine Behaviour Centre, by Dr Debbie Goodwin and colleagues, looked at the preference of horses for various different flavors.
Fri, 2 Dec 2005 23:02:44 +0000A study confirms that adding chopped straw to concentrate feed makes horses eat it more slowly.
Fri, 2 Dec 2005 23:00:30 +0000Mineral levels in pasture may be insufficient to supply the requirements of growing foals.
Fri, 2 Dec 2005 22:58:35 +0000Hair analysis can identify past exposure to plant toxins such as the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) found in ragwort, according to Dr Mark Dunnett formerly of the Royal Veterinary College, London..
Sat, 29 Oct 2005 01:12:01 +0000Growing horses raised only on pasture grasses as the main food, without any supplementary minerals, are at increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease because of the low mineral content...
Sat, 29 Oct 2005 01:07:07 +0000To formulate suitable diets for horses, nutritionists need to know the composition of the individual foodstuffs. The danger of relying on standard values was highlighted recently...
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 01:01:54 +0000Contrary to popular belief, fermentation of starch and fructan starts before they reach the hind gut of the horse. Research shows that fermentation starts soon after the food leaves the stomach. This may be involved in causing laminitis.
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 00:58:54 +0000Mares foaling for the third time make the best colostrum donors, according to a recent study. Simple field tests can be used to assess colostrum quality.
Fri, 7 Oct 2005 22:19:14 +0000Colic, coughing and liver damage were among the most common problems found in horses being fed poor quality feed.
Thu, 6 Oct 2005 19:07:14 +0000Results of a three year study in Germany confirm that fructan levels in the pasture vary throughout the year. Certain species of grass are more likely to accumulate high levels, and so are less suited for inclusion in horse pasture.