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2012-09-05 23:02:45

Drought and fire continue to threaten horse sanctuaries, farms, and other rural establishments. Dr. Cesar Parra remains optimistic about the care animals are receiving, as well as the future. Whitehouse Station, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 04, 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek reports that drought and fire have threatened equestrian organizations for the better part of the summer–and continue to do so. With a shortage of hay and several burned barns, many individuals are worried for the...

2012-08-30 13:10:19

When Washington State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinary scientist Don Knowles got word three years ago that a rare but deadly infection was discovered among a group of horses in south Texas, he felt a jolt of adrenaline. Not only were the horses infected with a parasitic disease similar to malaria in humans, but the epicenter of the outbreak was at no ordinary ranch. It was the King Ranch, legendary for its world-class quarter horses, including former winners of the...

Horse's Gait Is All In The Genes
2012-08-30 07:36:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international consortium of researchers from Uppsala University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Texas A&M University have discovered a mutation in a single gene in horses that is critical for the ability to perform ambling gaits and pacing that has a major effect on performance in harness racing. The study, published in Nature, is a breakthrough for understanding spinal cord neuronal circuitry and locomotion in...

2012-08-07 23:00:59

Watching these amazing animals during the 2012 Olympics´ three equestrian sports (dressage, three-day eventing and show jumping) brings to mind overall equine health. In an effort to raise awareness about this topic, EquineTherapy.com is posting tips to better horse health on their website, which include the benefits of rest and massage. Osceola, WI (PRWEB) August 07, 2012 As the Equine Olympic competitions round up, EquineTherapy.com is taking this opportunity to talk about equine...

2012-07-24 23:02:10

EquineTherapy.com has been tracking the progress of a six year old Hanoverian Gelding as he struggles to overcome a combination of ills on his way to award-winning dressage performances. This touching case study details how a 30 years search for a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) performer nearly came to an end were it not for the miracle work of the equine massager, EQUISPORTS. Osceola, WI (PRWEB) July 24, 2012 Equine Therapy has published the third installment of...

2012-07-21 23:00:49

Flooding at the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association has overflowed their manmade sandbag banks this past week. Horses have been evacuated and daily operations put on hold in order to try to protect their barn. The tireless work of volunteers, staff working overtime and the support of the local community has been of great importance to the organization. The struggle however, is not over yet and they still need your help in order to continue to offer their equine therapy. Kamloops, BC...

Frogs Make Horses Faster -- Say What?
2012-06-22 07:47:24

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com Here´s one for the “weird” column... Horse trainers have been allegedly juicing up their horses with a performance-enhancing drug with an interesting origin: a frog´s back. As for how the connection was made between horse racing and frog jumping, the world may never know. According to the New York Times, racing regulators had been hearing reports about this kind of activity happening in darkened stables, but after months of...


Latest Horse Reference Libraries

Spanish Jennet Horse
2014-08-12 12:53:04

The Spanish Jennet horse registry holds horses that have been the results of attempts to recreate the extinct Spanish Jennet or a gaited horse with spots that resembles the Jennet. The original Jennet was a type of horse more than it was a breed, which was common of horses during the Middle Ages. It was typically used in cavalries and would become a popular riding horse after more refined breeding practices were implemented. Iberian horses were later brought to the area and bred with the...

Sorraia
2014-07-07 11:22:23

The Sorraia is breed of horse that is native to Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. Although its exact origin is unknown, it is known to have developed in southern portions of this area, but only first became recognized by the scientific world in the twentieth century. One theory regarding its origin suggests that it is a descendent of a wild horse that once inhabited the area, while another theory suggests that it is similar to mustangs, having developed from Spanish horses that were brought...

Tori horse
2014-07-03 13:16:45

The Tori is a breed of horse that originated in Estonia. The first breed type was developed between 1890 to 1950 by crossing native mares with European stallions. The Tori’s quality slowly deteriorated from inbreeding depression found in the 1930s. The Tori was then crossed with Breton Post-Horse stallions to alleviate the inbreeding depression. As a result a larger type of Tori was developed and became widespread. Further crossbreeding was introduced with Hanoverian, Holstein and...

Tersk Horse
2014-06-27 16:31:46

The Tersk is a breed of horse that originated in the Northern Caucasus mountains of Russia during the 1920s and 1940s. By the end of the 1920s, the breed almost became extinct, but the population increased due to adding two Strelets to the bloodline and by 1948 the Tersk Horse was recognized. Many different breeds had an impact on the development of the Tersk with Strelets Arabians being the main bloodline of the Tersk. Later Arabian, Don, Kabarda, Thoroughbred, Russian Don and other mares...

Silesian horse
2014-06-25 14:01:44

The Silesian is a breed of horse originating from Silesia, Poland. Horse breeds that influenced the Silesian were mainly Thoroughbred and Oldenburg, but also East Friesian and German Halfbred occasionally used. To keep the breed from becoming extinct after World War II, imported stallions were used. In 2008, there were 5000 Silesian horses. The current stud book was formed in 1961. There are two types of Silesian horses, The old type stallions stand between 61.2 inches and 65.2 inches...

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