Why do horses snort?

Overall, horses are pretty vocal animals. They neigh, they whinny, they nicker and they snort. Equine experts have spent a long time figuring out what these social animals are trying to convey when they vocalize, but one sound has been a little hard to translate: the snort.

Humans snort when they have stuffy noses, or […]

Scientists unearth earliest evidence of ancient equine vet care

Photo by John Stampfl

Being an equine vet is a tough job. It takes years of schooling and experience to get there, and a whole lot of expert knowledge to master the role. Now, new archaeological evidence has shown that although our ancient ancestors had fewer drug and disease names to learn, they still […]

Justify favored to win third leg of the Triple Crown

Before American Pharoah won all three races in the Triple Crown series in 2015, it had been nearly 40 years since another horse had earned the distinction. Now, only three years after American Pharoah’s victories, another horse is favored to earn the crown this weekend.

The Triple Crown is a series of three races for […]

Study: Horses among animals with complex facial expressions

Having a “face like a horse” might seem like an insult to some people, but it turns out human faces may have something in common with their equine counterparts: complex facial expressions.

A study coming out of the United Kingdom shows that horses use a variety of muscles around their eyes, mouths and nostrils to […]

‘Ig Nobel’ prize winners prove why flies prefer dark-coated animals

A group of prize-winning researchers are at it again with a new study. Though they aren’t Nobel Prize winners, they’re kind of close: winners of the Ig Nobel Prize.

While the Nobel Prize is bestowed upon people whose scientific advances benefit the world, the intent of the Ig Nobel Prize is a little more modest. […]

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 […]

Study: Horses are happier housed together

Eyes will be locked on televisions around the world this weekend as many eagerly anticipate the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby. While for two solid minutes these racehorses are all business, it’s easy to spot them mingling with each other before and after the race.

That is why it comes as no surprise that […]

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 […]

Study shows danger of mycotoxins for horses

It is well known that contaminated feed can cause serious problems for horses, ranging from colic and cardiac problems to neurologic issues and death. Mycotoxins can be a main component of these health problems which was recently documented a case in which feed contaminated with trichothecene mycotoxins caused bone marrow cell proliferation suppression, severe bleeding, […]