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The Nature of the Beast – Understanding Horse Behavior

By Saundra TenBroeck, Ph.D. Associate Professor/Extension Horse Specialist Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida A Florida wild horse at Paynes Prairie State Park. UF/IFAS Photo: Sally Lanigan. If you examined the horse from a design engineering perspective, you would quickly realize they have been created to live in circumstances very different than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/07/the-nature-of-the-beast-understanding-horse-behavior/

4-H Horse Health Clinic Scheduled for June 13th

The Area A 4-H Horse Advisory Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Bess Darrow, DVM and Mr. Billy Blackman, Professional Farrier to our first Area A 4-H Equine Clinic.  Our focus will be on overall equine health, as well as dental and hoof concerns.  There is no fee for this clinic but you must register …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/4-h-horse-health-clinic-scheduled-for-june-13th/

Anhidrosis: When Your Horse Stops Sweating

Horses Should Sweat Like a Horse Unlike cows, pigs and dogs which primarily use respiration to dissipate heat, the primary way horses, and of course humans, stay cool in hot weather is through evaporation of sweat. In environments with high humidity, sweat does not evaporate very well so horses may sweat more, and for a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/15/anhidrosis-when-your-horse-stops-sweating/

Horse Genetics Online Extension Course begins June 27

Introducing a new Extension Course:  Horse Genetics Location: 100% Internet based course Certificate of completion awarded at the conclusion of the course! Instructor: Dr. Samantha Brooks Teaching Assistant: Laura Patterson Rosa, DVM Cost: $ 200.00 Course Description: The art of horse breeding has shaped equine genetics since domestication, yet most horse professionals have little understanding of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/18/horse-genetics-online-extension-course-begins-june-27/

Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate against Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Mature horses should receive an EEE booster vaccine every spring and fall.  Photo by Tyler Jones. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. EEE most often infects horses but can also infect humans.  There is no vaccine for humans and approximately 1/3 of those infected die of the disease. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/23/horse-owners-urged-to-vaccinate-against-eastern-equine-encephalitis/

East Meets West: Alternative Horse Therapy

This stallion at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences horse teaching unit in Gainesville, gets an acupuncture treatment from Dr. Fluisheng Xie. “The treatments relieve muscular tension and relax stiff joints which can cause severe discomfort to a horse,” Dr. Xie said. Since we call western medicine “conventional” medicine, it follows …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/05/east-meets-west-alternative-horse-therapy/

Preparation for Horse Training Begins in the Mouth

Hiring an experienced professional to perform routine dentistry prior to the bitting process may be one of your best training techniques. Adam Johnson, Equine Dental Care demonstrated how professionals care for teeth at the Horse Expo held in Marianna. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Lame in the mouth Head bob is a widely recognized indicator of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/16/preparation-for-horse-training-begins-in-the-mouth/

To Breed or Not to Breed? Each Decision Affects an Increasing Horse Population

Horses at the University of Florida Horse Teaching Unit.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones. Saundra TenBroeck, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida One of the indices of the health of the horse industry has been foal registration data. When we study trends over the last 30 years we see a classic “Economics 101” Supply …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/02/to-breed-or-not-to-breed-each-decision-affects-an-increasing-horse-population/

Horse Volunteers with Heart

UF IFAS Photo   Last year, more than 4,000 youth participated in the Florida 4-H Horse Project. These youth would have never had the opportunity to learn horsemanship and leadership skills without horse project volunteers. Project leaders not only work with 4-H clubs, they often serve on committees to help plan and implement shows and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/15/horse-volunteers-with-heart/

Make Sure EEE and WNV Horse Vaccinations are Up to Date

With all of the rain Florida has received the last two months, the mosquito population has increased dramatically.  Mosquitoes are the vector or carrier for viruses that can be transmitted from wild birds to humans and horses.  Through August there have not been any cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) or West Nile Virus (WNV) …

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Permanent link to this article: http://liberty.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/09/14/make-sure-eee-and-wnv-horse-vaccinations-are-up-to-date/

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