Horses read human body language — including total strangers

Which do you think is less intimidating to a horse: when you strike a dominant pose, legs spread and hands on hips à la Wonder Woman, or when you shrink your shoulders, hands in pockets and chin down?

Horses know the difference between these two poses, according to recent research from the University of Sussex […]

Science: Equine therapy does not increase stress for horses

Dogs and cats are usually considered the most common therapy animals, offering emotional support to their owners and companions. But some therapy animals are much, much larger.

Thousands of horses belong to equine therapy programs around the world, treating both adults and kids with anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, grief and a number of […]

Why is the Kentucky Derby only for 3-year-old horses?

The 143rd Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville and will likely again feature a seemingly endless variety of oddly fascinating women’s hats, but only 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses.

Why only 3-year-olds? Why doesn’t arguably the biggest horse race of the year allow the fastest horses to compete against each other, regardless […]

Like Santa, horses know if you’re happy or sad

A new study is showing for the first time that it’s not just people who process and react to facial expressions, but horses do as well.

In the study, 28 horses were shown large color photographs of different facial expressions for 30 seconds, and their reactions monitored as part of the research by psychologists at […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

New Year’s Resolutions for Maximizing Horse Health in 2015 – The Horse Some of the most common resolutions people make each year focus on improving their health or maintaining a healthy […]

Infographic: Vaccinating Your Horse

Vaccines can protect your horse from a wide range of threats, including snakebites, botulism, influenza, and much more. Learn how vaccines work, why they’re important, and which ones your horse needs in this step-by-step visual guide.

The Monday links you have been waiting for

Complied together for your reading pleasure is the latest news and information in the food and animal safety segments in this edition of Monday links!

Genomics

Sequencing Tsetse Fly Genome Reveals Surprises That May Save Lives – National Geographic The genome of the tsetse fly—a disease-ridden insect with surprisingly mammalian biology that stalks the […]

How to care for geriatric horses

Almost all horse owners will face the challenge of caring for an aging horse at some point. It’s inevitable if we choose to provide our animals a home beyond their useful or competitive life. A 2010 Animal Horse Publication survey showed that the average horse owner has two horses older than 15 years and that […]

Will a Triple Crown winner help or hurt horse racing?

All eyes will be focused on the 146th Belmont Stakes in New York this weekend. It is one of the biggest weekends in horse races in recent history — a win for California Chrome would mark him as the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

For those new to horse racing, the Triple Crown […]

Kick off June with Monday Links

[ SPANISH ] Happy June, everyone! Today marks the first Monday links post of June, and there is a lot of news happening in the world. Don’t have time to scour the interwebs for all of the big news stories? No worries — we have you covered. (Plus: Stay tuned for a special announcement at […]