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2012-02-18 01:39:04

American Quarter Horses are renowned for their speed, agility, and calm disposition. Consequently over four million Quarter horses are used as working horses on ranches, as show horses or at rodeos. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genomics used 'next-generation' sequencing to map variation in the genome of a Quarter Horse mare. Analysis of genetic variants associated with specific traits showed that compared to a Thoroughbred the Quarter Horse's genome was...

2012-02-10 15:07:48

What do Gai Waterhouse and Anthony Cummings have in common with Queen Elizabeth II? They've all owned horses that have been at the centre of doping scandals - but new research by a consortium including the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is set to provide more certainty around the sometimes dicey business of administering therapeutic drugs to horses. QUT Professor of Biosciences, Martin Sillence, said the new research pinpointed the length of time it took for 18 of the most...

Modern Racehorses Got Their 'Speed Gene' From British Mare 300 Years Ago
2012-01-25 05:12:40

'Speed gene' in modern racehorses originated from British mare 300 years ago, scientists say Scientists have traced the origin of the 'speed gene' in Thoroughbred racehorses back to a single British mare that lived in the United Kingdom around 300 years ago, according to findings published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The origin of the 'speed gene' (C type myostatin gene variant) was revealed by analyzing DNA from hundreds of horses, including DNA extracted from the...

2012-01-15 06:30:00

Horse cribbing is a serious problem that wounds and kills horses, and Planet Amazing says their horse cribbing solution is made from the most bitter-tasting substance on the earth and is completely safe for horses. Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 14, 2012 Planet Amazing has a new horse cribbing solution that they say is made from the most bitter-tasting substance on the earth, and which is completely safe for horses. They say it is also can save a horse's life because it causes most horses to...

2012-01-16 05:10:00

Denatonium benzoate is a non-toxic substance that is safe for horses. It is now used in horse cribbing solutions to keep horses from chewing on wood and other destructive horse cribbing activities. (PRWEB) January 15, 2012 It took scientists many years to come up with the “worst taste on the planet,” according to Planet Amazing expert Justin Christianson. He says “Awful tasting plant substances were being studied by a group of scientists interested in finding organic...

2012-01-13 11:00:00

Planet Amazing's new report on their work with scientists and organic plant experts reveals their discovery of a natural and safe solution to the horse cribbing problem. (PRWEB) January 13, 2012 The results of a premier horse farm's work with scientists to find a natural cure for horse cribbing have been released to the public. BitterLicks is the name of the all-natural horse cribbing solution now available, and Roland Frasier of Planet Amazing says that originally the liquid was just for...

2011-12-29 11:04:03

Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009/2010 was particularly severe, a condition Mongolians refer to as “dzud”. Millions of livestock died in Mongolia and the re-introduced wild Przewalski´s horse population crashed dramatically. Petra Kaczensky and Chris Walzer from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have used spatially explicit loss statistics, ranger survey data and...


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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