In recent years there has been a shift in the U.S. horse population, with aged horses (≥15 years) an increasing percentage (20-30%). Many of these older horses remain actively involved in equestrian sport competitions, are still being bred, or serve as companion animals.
Over the past century, improvements in health care and advancements in biology, chemistry and medicine have extended the average lifespan of humans and companion animals, including horses. However, we...
In this commentary from the University of Kentucky's Equine Disease Digest, Edward L. Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, talks about what equine research means to us...
Horse owners recognize that fire prevention is critical on the farm, but may overlook threats from insect infestation on surrounding trees. The emerald ash borer...
In this article from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's equine nutrition expert Laurie Lawrence, PhD, you will find information about the nutritional care of broodmares in the...
Researchers from the University of Kentucky discussed some alternatives to getting mares to cycle early that are being researched, and which could save you time and money during the breeding season today or in the future.
The University of Kentucky's Blood Typing Research Laboratory uses equine blood testing in parentage verification and for other uses.
The variable weather and the price of straw and shavings has led some horse and farm owners to look for alternative beddings. In some areas of the country, mature grass hay that sells fairly cheaply seems like a safe, inexpensive alternative...
Although domesticated by man, the horse has retained a seasonal pattern of reproductive activity confined to the spring and summer months. Understanding melatonin might give breeders another method of controlling the estrous cycle in mares.
Since it was first identified in 1915 in California, pigeon fever has spread throughout the country. Here is more information about pigeon fever from Dr. Sharon Spier.
Different types of hays--and hays harvested at different times of year--have different feed values. In this article, Laurie Lawrence, PhD, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, discusses using relative feed value for choosing the right hay.
A University of Kentucky study looked at feeding endophyte-infected fescue and its affect on exercising horses, particularly their ability to recover from exercise in the heat.
Many of your boarders and farm clients will walk into your barn and take one whiff to determine how good of a horse manager you are. The smell of ammonia in a barn is normal, but when that smell becomes overpowering, it can mean problems.
Anyone who breeds horses knows that endophyte-infested tall fescue can cause problems in pregnant mares. In this article from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture you will learn more about tall fescue toxicity and how to manage it.
We know it by many names, including dew poisoning, scratches and greasy heel. But whatever you call it, pastern dermatitis is a problem to horses in some parts of the country.
All mammals possess a “master” circadian clock that resides in a specific area of the brain. Here diverse physiological processes, such as blood pressure, heart rate, wakefulness, hormone secretion, metabolism, and body temperature, are regulated.
Many of us who make our living in the horse industry also "give back" through equine industry organizations and non-profits. Here are some tips from an expert in the field to help us better work with those organizations to make the successful.
This article provides horse owners with a few best management practices available that can benefit owners, horses and the environment.
Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture recently completed one of the first studies to explore how working with horses can develop emotional intelligence in humans.