August 2013 News Headlines

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Effect of human voice on horses
A study at the University of Guelph in Ontario has shown that a human speaking in a pleasant voice appears to cause less stress to horses than than a human speaking in a low, stern voice. The study confirms what horsemen have long believed - that you should stay calm and quiet around horses.

30 August, 2013  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Australian research into anthelmintic plants
With increasing resistance of parasites to drugs making de-worming less effective, Australia scientists have been investigating the anthelmintic effect of various plant extracts. Although the study is in the early stages, one plant (Acacia melanoxylon) seems promising in its effects on the development of cyathostome eggs.

29 August, 2013  •  Equine Science Update  •  Full story

Warning against treating sarcoids with toothpaste
Sarcoids are unsightly skin tumours which can be difficult, and sometimes expensive, to treat. This leads many owners to try a variety of treatments. But a top vet has warned against the increasing use of toothpaste as a treatment - calling it ludicrous and dangerous because it delays treatment and can irritate the tumour.

21 August, 2013  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Ben Maher wins King George V Gold Cup
Ben Maher and Tripplex III came back from a disappointing performance in Friday's Nations Cup (rounds of 8 and 13 faults) to win the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead. Despite a top class field only 3 riders went clear in the first round. Marcus Ehning was fastest in the jump off, but had 4 faults. Ulrich Kirchhoff was 3rd.

04 August, 2013  •  British Showjumping  •  Full story

Fatty acid supplementation may help IR horses
Horses who suffer from insulin resistance (IR) are particularly prone to laminitis. Research at Colorado State University indicates that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation may help. The study showed that fatty acids from both marine and plant sources appear to improve insulin sensitivity in IR horses.

04 August, 2013  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Identifying facial expressions of pain
A research group has developed a Horse Grimace Scale (HGS) to help indicate how much pain a horse is suffering based on facial expressions. Using a standard scale will help to manage pain in horses that have undergone painful surgical procedures, such as castration where post-operative pain medication is often not given.

03 August, 2013  •  HorseTalk NZ  •  Full story

Riding schools missing out on funding
More riding schools could obtain funding from Sport England to help attract more customers but they are either unaware of the opportunites or find the application process difficult. A major problem is that their financial structures are often not compatible with traditional Sport England funding rules.

01 August, 2013  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story