Horses

Equine Therapy Helps Dementia Patients

May 29, 2019
The Center for Equine Health is home to a dementia research program by the UC Davis School of Medicine and Connected Horse. Read more about the project and watch a video from PBS on the equine therapy program.

Oral Magnesium and Boron Found to Reduce Headshaking in Horses

April 23, 2019
Giving magnesium and boron can benefit headshaking horses, the findings of research suggest. Trigeminal‐mediated headshaking, which used to be called idiopathic headshaking, is caused by a low threshold of firing of the trigeminal nerve in the face. In most cases, the condition is worse during spring and summer, and geldings are over-represented. Various treatments have been tried, including face masks with ultraviolet light protection, nose nets, nutritional supplements, antihistamines, corticosteroids, neuromodulation, and even surgery on the nerve. Results have been variable.

10 Years of Upper Respiratory Diseases in Horses

April 23, 2019
The ongoing Equine Respiratory Biosurveillance Program between UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Merck Animal Health revealed new information on infectious respiratory disease threats, including EHV-1 and EHV-4, influenza, S. equi, equine rhinitis A/B viruses, and more. Here’s what you should know.

Grayson-Jockey Club Approves $1.3 Million for Equine Research

March 25, 2019
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board of directors announced March 25 that it has authorized $1,338,858 to fund eight new projects at seven universities (including UC Davis), nine continuing projects, and three career development awards to fund veterinary research to benefit all horses.

UC Davis Vet School Diagnostic Lab Performs Critical Disease Testing for Equine Herpesvirus

October 10, 2018
Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) is relatively widespread in horses; approximately 60 percent of healthy horses harbor the virus. While the more common form of EHV-1 can cause respiratory illness as well as abortion, it is rarely fatal. However, a neurological strain of this virus, also known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), can kill 30 to 50 percent of affected horses. That's why it is critical for the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory to be able to use PCR testing to differentiate between strains.

Arthroscopic Osteochondral Fragment Removal in Horses Quick, Safe

September 15, 2018
Researchers have good news for owners selling or managing horses with ostoechondral fragments (OCF) in the hock: A recent study has confirmed that arthroscopic osteochondral fragment removal in horses’ tarsocrural joints via arthroscopy is efficient, quick, and has few postoperative complications.

Signs of Pending Catastrophic Breakdown Seen in Some Racehorses

September 14, 2018
Thoroughbred racehorses who suffer catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries are more likely to show lameness in the three months leading up to their injury than horses that race without incident, research has shown.

All's Well That Ends Well

August 31, 2018
Surgical and medical treatment for sand accumulations in horses is likely to end well. Radiography is one of the only ways to objectively measure the condition.