How to protect against equine influenza

The threat of equine influenza took the horse racing world by storm this year as an above-average number of infections cancelled races in the United Kingdom. It was the first time in 15 years that horse races were canceled for flu concerns.

The ongoing U.K. outbreak has seen 69 cases, mostly in England, but one […]

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, […]

Equine flu crisis shuts down British horse races

Although winter isn’t considered “flu season” for horses like it is for humans, an outbreak of equine flu in the United Kingdom has led the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to cancel all horse races this week. Horse racing will not resume until at least February 13.

“This precautionary approach is intended to ensure we put […]

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 […]