How do stripes stop flies? Horses dress as zebras to find out

Why do zebras, a species of wild horse, have striped coats when other equines don’t?

Experts have theorized that the stripes serve as camouflage; that they disorient predators, or that they communicate signals to other zebras. Some have posed that the stripes help keep the animals cool under a hot sun. The latest research, however, […]

Neogen launches Prozap® Fly-Die Ultra™ equine spray

Neogen has added to its line of effective Prozap® equine fly protection products with Fly-Die Ultra™ — a hard-hitting, long-lasting, sweat-proof formula.

Prozap Fly-Die Ultra protects horses from stable flies, horn flies, house flies, horse flies, deer flies, face flies, gnats, ticks, lice and mosquitoes, including those that may transmit the West Nile virus. This […]

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 […]

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 help ease Alzheimer’s symptoms

There is something about being around an animal that tends to relax people and make them feel happier. It is a theory that has been tested, and proven multiple times, but while most studies have looked at how companion animals such as dogs, cats and even fish can improve your health and lifestyle, there is […]

West Nile, EEE reported across the U.S.

With the approach of fall, reports of insect-borne diseases in horses have begun to pick up across the U.S.

As of September 3, 64 cases of equine West Nile Virus across 23 states have been reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). West Nile virus is spread […]

Kentucky’s equine industry has $3 billion impact on state

It’s no secret that the horse industry is big business in Kentucky, but phase II results from the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey show just significant its impact is.

Last year, the state’s equine industry had an economic impact of nearly $3 billion with a tax contribution of roughly $134 million. The industry also was responsible […]

Tuesday news day: Equine botulism blog launches, Ask the Vet event planned

The more you know, the better prepared you can be.

It’s that thought that led to the creation of Neogen’s newest site, the Equine Botulism Blog.

Our goal is to provide owners, veterinarians, horse lovers, industry officials and the public with all of the information available on this deadly disease so the best choices can […]

The Monday links: Tax Day edition

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Obama administration seeks FDA funding increase for FSMA implementation – Food Safety News

The White House’s budget includes a 20 percent increase for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]