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U.S. transport regulators reject ’emotional support animal’ status

Service dog status still protected; 'support' goats, turkeys, others up to airlines

Washington | Reuters — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, pigs, turkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. Airlines can still choose which other species to allow on board, but the rules issued on Wednesday

Timely trimming can prevent many hoof problems.

Good hoof trimming practices vital to equine health

Horse Health: Hoofs should be trimmed diligently and in a timely fashion, to prevent a myriad of problems

Whilst there are many husbandry practices that horse owners can take to create positive change in the health of their horse’s hoofs, it is the action of timely and diligent hoof trimming that can bestow one of the biggest benefits towards developing and maintaining a sound and healthy hoof. Taking care to maintain the hoofs of a


Humans use all manner of tack to change the position of the horse’s head and neck — often for the worse.

Neck and head position affects horse soundness

Horse Health: Forcing the animal into an unnatural position is harmful

A visit to any local equine tack shop will showcase a striking array of tack and accessory tack available to place upon the head of a horse with the promise of improving horsemanship, fashion or a horse’s performance. Many of these devices are potent tools that have the ability to leverage and compound tensile forces

Comment: Glyphosate and livestock. It’s all in the dose

Studies have found no effect on digestive bacteria or nutrient uptake

As an animal nutritionist, I’m concerned about the health and welfare of farm animals. Animals that are stressed due to inadequate housing conditions or nutrition are less sustainable. That’s why I read the article “Herbicides and Horses” with great interest. In the article, the author speculates that glyphosate’s chelation and antimicrobial properties can have negative

Herbicides and horses

Horse Health: A ubiquitous herbicide is beginning to come under increased scrutiny by scientists

The implications for the widespread use of glyphosate-based herbicides in our environment has been increasingly mired in controversy despite regulatory assurances of safety. After close to three decades of use there is a growing body of scientific evidence emerging which presents unintended biological consequences of this chemical and its formulation. Research is postulating adverse mechanisms


Laminitis has been found to be closely related to cresty necks in horses, and can even be predicted by the condition of the neck fat.

The ‘cresty’-necked horse

Horse Health: Neck fat is a valuable barometer of horse health

The observance of a cresty neck in a horse indicates some level of metabolic sickness and reflects more than just a fat horse. Although the fat or obese horse is burdened with a form of metabolic illness, the appearance of a cresty neck signals further metabolic complications along the continuum of diseases associated with obesity.

Horses on the Martin farm display the results of the family's Clydesdale program.

Clydesdales: Keeping up with the family tradition

Four generations of Martins have been producing Boulder Bluff Clydesdale horses

When George Martin purchased the east half of 1-16-22 in the Strathclair district in 1931, and began his small breeding operation of Clydesdale horses, he probably had no notion the farm and descendants of those horses would still be in the family nearly nine decades and four generations later. “When you can say you are

A healthy foal starts with a healthy mare and minerals are an important part of ensuring her health.

Minerals and the broodmare

Horse Health: For a healthy and well-nourished foal, start with a healthy and nourished mare

The physical demands placed upon the body of the broodmare are extraordinary, especially as the number of offspring she is expected to bear increases. These demands and expectations easily position the broodmare as a top performance horse in the horse industry. The broodmare relies on body reserves and nutritional resources to fund a smooth breeding cycle, gestation and lactation — a


Paige Swain, a 14-year-old student, chalks up barrel racing as her favourite event.

Horsemanship brings life lessons to Shoal Lake student

From competition to leisurely trail rides, Paige Swain cherishes cowgirl lifestyle

The cowgirl lifestyle is building responsibility and dedication for one Shoal Lake student. “As a person the rodeo lifestyle has taught me so much,” said Paige Swain, who will soon graduate Grade 9. “It has taught me how to interact with all types of people, responsibility and dedication to not only my wants but also

This three-year-old filly has two upper permanent central incisors and has just recently lost the “caps” of her lower central incisors revealing the erupting adult teeth. Within the next few months her four central incisors will be in full wear against one another.

When horses are missing their front teeth

Horse Health: For young horses, it’s a predictable pattern during their growth and maturation

Whenever horse owners notice that their horse is missing one or more front teeth they will often question the significance of this loss. This question generally applies to the grouping of 12 incisor teeth that are readily visible under the horse’s lips. Implications for loss of an incisor tooth depends upon the age of the horse and