Since its first domestication, believed to be around 5000 BC, the role of the horse in society has varied according to man’s requirements. Initially, the horse was kept principally for its flesh but soon became used for transport. The first example of a man on horseback is believed to be the bone engraving of the Susa horseman dating from 2800 BC. Selective breeding meant that by the 10th century BC horses had become essential to the skilled horseman turned warrior. Horse racing developed in parallel with horse riding.
Ethology is the study of the function and evolution of an animal’s behaviour in its natural environment. Why should ethology be an important consideration for veterinarians? Being familiar with the norm allows the veterinarian to know when they have been presented with the abnormal – this is the case whether we are considering physiological or behavioural parameters.
Although several studies have assessed the short-term effect of dietary supplements on the treatment and prevention of gastric ulceration in horses, few have assessed the response over a duration of more than 30 days. A blinded randomized noninferiority clinical trial was conducted using 42 Thoroughbred horses in race training with squamous ulceration of 2 grade 2/4, randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups for a period of 90 days:
back to Articles…. Horse owner understanding of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) David Marlin (Speaker), Williams, J. (Speaker), Kirstie Pickles (Speaker), Ben Sykes (Speaker) Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation at Conference Description Diagnosis, treatment and research in the field of EGUS has developed rapidly in the past 20 years. A review of …
back to Articles…. What are the signs that my horse has stomach ulcers? The causes of equine stomach problems and stomach ulcers are accompanied by a number of factors, meaning that there is no single cause to watch out for. Instead, there are several factors which, alone or together, can make a horse susceptible to …
The horse has one of the most complex, and arguably, the most frustrating, digestive systems of any grazing livestock species that owners/producers deal with. When one thinks of feeding horses, frightening scenarios like colic and founder can come to mind. While certain parts of the horse’s digestive system can cause them to be more difficult to feed than cattle, other features can make horses easier to maintain than ruminants.
Jan Byyny, professional eventing trainer and rider, recently said, “I think the more you can care for the horses to meet their gut health needs, the better and more relaxed they are going to be when they perform.”
She’s right. Isn’t a healthy, comfortable horse going to be a happier, more competitive animal?