Saturday, June 27, 2009

Treating aural plaques

#Aural plaques are whitish lesions on the inner surface of the ear. They are slightly raised, with a scaly appearance. One or both ears may be affected.

They are thought to be caused by infection with a papilloma (wart) virus and may be spread by biting flies. Aural plaques do not go away on their own and respond poorly to treatment.

But now research at the University of Minnesota suggests imiquimod can help clear the aural plaques and make the ears less sensitive.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Hope for headshakers.

A new procedure may bring relief for headshaking horses.

Surgeons at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool have developed a technique that uses small coils implanted alongside the nerves in the side of the face.


Effect of exercise on behaviour

Effect of exercise on behaviour

Is one type of exercise better than another for reducing unwanted behaviour in stabled horses?

Stabling reduces the opportunity for exercise. Horses confined to stables may become difficult to manage. And they often show a burst of activity when eventually turned out -trotting, cantering and bucking - (known as the “rebound effect”).

A recent study conducted at the Equine Centre at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia assessed the influence of exercise on stabled horses’ behaviour.