Science Bits

While owning horses isn’t a science, a huge amount of scientific research goes on behind the scenes to help us give our horses the best possible quality of life. From injury treatment, to new drugs to behaviour studies we pick out the most useful science bits to share with you here.

So if you have a bit of spare time to read through some of the research or if you have a burning a question. You should be able to find some really interesting snippets of science here. Can you use this new information to make positive changes to your horse?

horses play fighting

Over recent years our understanding of how and why animals play has improved massively. I was watching a documentary recently about animal play. It showed how many animals have their favourite play mates and that their age and sex could determine what games they played. This got me thinking about…

why do horses roll? Scottie demonstrates this blogtober topic without getting cast

This week I read a really interesting article on Horse & Hound looking into the different reasons why horses roll. Scottie is a massive roller! In the wet he loves nothing more than to throw himself on the floor and have a good roll. But this article got me thinking…

horse wearing exercise bandages

Summer finally seems to be here. With the warmer weather and clean, dry legs, it’s the perfect time to pull out your matchy bandages and go riding. But is this the best thing for your horse? After stumbling across a social media post from a vet last week I thought…

prosthesis on horse

Our medical technology is truly astounding now. Not only can we do so much more to fix conditions and injuries which should be life ending, but in some cases we can leave the patient with very little permanent scarring or obvious changes to their appearance. There was an article on…

scottie and little alf, bitless

In recent years ‘natural’ methods of keeping our horses have become the big thing with many of the devote natural believers preaching that their way is best and that anyone who doesn’t follow their ideas is verging on animal abuse. While I am one of the first people to say…

skeleton painting on horse

Today I read an article talking about how the majority of horse owners are unable to tell that their horse is lame. You can read it on Horse Talk here. The article discusses a review which has recently been published by Dr Sue Dyson where she looks at lameness studies in…

You may have already have seen this on my social media, but for those of you who haven’t, I decided to make a basic infographic of some of my favourite facts I found when researching the racing industry and ex racehorse industry for my dissertation. I’m tempted to create some…

  So today I want to introduce you to a new, exciting, online equestrian magazine I stumbled across a few weeks ago, Totally Horse and Pony magazine. Despite not exactly being their target audience, I really liked their content and think they could be really onto something. I especially liked…

A few days ago this dissertation survey came up on my newsfeed about how horse owners find information and I thought it was really interesting! I emailed Persephone with my thoughts and letting her know that I would be really interested in the results when her study was finished. Below…