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Equus

Spring 2020

EQUUS provides the latest information from the world's top veterinarians, equine researchers, riders and trainers on understanding and influencing equine behavior, recognizing the warning signs of illness and disease, and solving riding and training problems.

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equus

EDITOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Laurie Prinz equuseditor@aimmedia.com MANAGING EDITOR Christine Barakat CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Deb Bennett, PhD; Laura Hillenbrand CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Eliza R.L. McGraw; Tom Moates CREATIVE DIRECTOR Philip Cooper MEDICAL EDITOR Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Bradford Bentz, VMD; Jerry Black, DVM; Doug Butler, PhD; Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS; Harold Hintz, PhD; Dan Marks, VMD; Ed Robinson, PhD, MRCVS; Stephen Soule, VMD; Peter Timoney, MVB, PhD, FRCVS; Tracy Turner, DVM; Julia H. Wilson, DVM American Horse Publications Member Official Sponsor, Kentucky Horse Park Member AAEP Media Partner The AAEP does not endorse editorial or advertising content unless so acknowledged within the individual article or advertisement. EDITORIAL INQUIRIES EQletters@aimmedia.com WEBSITE EquusMagazine.com CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT Andrew W. Clurman CFO, COO & TREASURER Michael Henry VICE PRESIDENT OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson PRESIDENT, EQUINE GROUP Tom Winsor VICE PRESIDENT, GROUP PUBLISHER David Andrick VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Nelson Saenz BOARD CHAIR Efrem Zimbalist III VP, GROUP PUBLISHER David Andrick dandrick@aimmedia.com PUBLISHER, EQUINE HEALTH NETWORK Kimberly S. Brown kbrown@aimmedia.com ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Michelle Adaway (859)…

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letters

The difference that a helmet can make Please consider this a “heads up” and confirmation as to why helmets are so important. About three weeks ago my friend and I were thrown from our horses on the trail. We were on our usual trails, and both horses are steady-eddy, been-there, done-that trail horses. We were both wearing helmets, and yet both wound up with concussions and went to trauma centers for care. Thankfully, we both made a full recovery. My friend and I went to Dover Saddlery for new helmets. They were very helpful with “fitting” both of us with new helmets. Here it what I learned: • We were both very lucky. I had not realized how poorly my old helmet fit. It did not sit firmly, squarely on my head, but…

2 min.
for rainy day rides

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to ride horses in the rain.”—Stacy Westfall Embossed with a subtle horse design, the Rain Stopper Jacket (suggested retail, $139) from Kerrits is waterproof, seam-sealed and lightweight. The stretchy Hydrotek™ fabric allows freedom of movement, while a mesh-lined back vent adds breathability. Other features include a split back hem that zips open and a hood that folds and stows. It is available in poppy, emerald or flint, in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X and 2X. See www.kerrits.com. Featuring raglan sleeves and rear saddle gussets, The Short Coat (suggested retail, $120) from Muddy Creek is now available in fern green. In addition to three-layer waterproof, breathable poly fabric, the coat has a double storm flap, reflective tape and an…

10 min.
birds in the barn?

Birds nesting in your barn present a dilemma. Yes, they can be noisy, destructive and messy, but birds help keep the insect population under control and contribute to a balanced ecosystem around your farm. Before deciding whether to try to evict birds from your barn, do a bit of research on the species. Swallows, for instance, eat so many insects they are worth the mess they may make. And if you have a barn owl, do whatever you can to encourage him to stay and hunt mice. Some species of birds may be protected by federal or local statutes, particularly when they are nesting. The most effective tactic for thwarting unwanted birds is to disturb their nests as they are building them. If you notice birds coming in and out of the…

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medical front

RESEARCH LINKS DIET AND BEHAVIOR A University of Glasgow study confirms something that owners of feisty ponies have long observed—diets high in starch can contribute to “spookier” behavior. To investigate possible correlations between behavior and the gut micro-biome, the researchers used 10 untrained ponies. For two weeks, half of the ponies received a high-starch ration, and half were fed a high-fiber diet. The rations were then switched for an additional two-week period. At the end of each 14-day feeding period, the researchers collected fecal samples from each pony and extracted DNA data from the bacteria present. They also performed two tests to gauge how the ponies reacted to various stimuli. In the first test, an unfamiliar person stood passively in a small area with each pony. For the second test, each pony was released…

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after exertion let your horse hang with friends

The best place for a horse to recover after strenuous exercise is with a group of companions rather than alone in a box stall, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala investigated the effects of housing on post-exercise recovery in eight mature trotting horses. The horses were kept in either small herds in a group housing system or alone in box stalls for 21 days, then switched to the other housing method. On days 7 and 14 of each study period, the horses underwent a race-like exercise test. Researchers collected blood before, during and several times after exercise. The data showed that after intense exercise, horses kept alone in box stalls ate less than horses living outdoors in groups. In addition, plasma non-esterified…