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Equine Shade Preference

Results indicate that individually-housed horses prefer to utilize shade when it is available in hot, sunny environments.

Bandaging, Wound Healing and Proud Flesh Formation

Bandaging limb wounds resulted in the formation of proud flesh. However, if the proud flesh was removed, bandaging (or not bandaging) had no effect on total time to healing.

Stress Response of Young Horses to Changes in Housing

Separating young horses from their group and stalling them in individual boxstalls is stressful.

Using obstacles can increase time to consume feed when feeding adult horses.

Water supply during the cold seasons might be more critical than under summer conditions.

Steaming represents a strategy for reducing dust and mold concentrations and increasing dry matter intake in some hays, but can result in leaching of essential nutrients.

Furosemide Use in Thoroughbreds

Decreases in energy generation during exercise found in furosemide-treated horses were attributed to the losses in body weight caused by the drug's diuretic action.

Horses consumed less water in the winter compared to the fall. Feeding mash to horses was helpful in increasing overall water intake.

Effect of Meal Frequency in Horses

This research confirms that feeding several small meals throughout the day is preferred for healthy horses.

Effect of Day-time vs. Night-time Grazing in Horses

Owners with horses prone to laminitis should try to avoid grazing their horses at the end of the day, when grasses peak in NSC concentrations.

Body Weight Loss in Obese Horses and Ponies

Researchers found that obese Standardbred horses lost significant amounts of body weight and condition when fed only hay, but the Andalusian and pony groups did not lose weight as easily.

The objectives of this study were to investigate the effect of hay net design on the rate and amount of forage consumed by adult horses.

Preliminary results suggest that the effectiveness of grazing muzzles in reducing herbage mass intake depends on the grass being grazed.

Research revealed that horse sale prices varied by location; however, economics were identified as the main reason for selling across all three locations.

Data indicates that early detection and intervention with humane cases and education focusing on the costs and responsibilities associated with horse ownership are key steps toward addressing the issue of unwanted horses.

The Effect of Steaming on Dust Concentrations in Hay

Results indicate that steaming represents a viable management strategy for reducing dustiness in hay containing elevated dust levels.

Social Separation and Training

There were no significant differences between singly trained mare and mares trained in pairs.

Adding Supplements to Water

Adding supplements or electrolytes to water can decrease intake in horses.

Microchip Identification

The objectives of a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University were to characterize the inflammatory response after microchip insertion, evaluate pain response and swelling at the microchip insertion site, and measure migration of the microchips.

Grazing Muzzles

Grazing muzzles are an effective means of restricting pasture intake by ponies.

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