Horses

UC Davis Offers a DNA Test for Limbal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

May 04, 2018

Some eye diseases in horses might be genetically linked, as for example limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflingers. UC Davis is currently offering a DNA test for Haflingers to identify individuals with high risk and to apply this information to breeding programs to help nullify the genetic mutation.

A Deadly Strain of Equine Herpes Virus

April 27, 2018

Any time a large group of horses gather in one place, there is a chance for a viral outbreak. One in particular that has affected a multitude of shows and facilities in the past decade is a neurological strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM).

Wild Horses Living on the Channel Islands Face an Uncertain Future on the Mainland

April 06, 2018

The Santa Cruz Island horses were removed from the Channel Islands in the early 2000s. The horses had been there for more than a century, living relics from the time of the conquistadors, evolving to become as unique as the island itself. But after years of surviving in isolation on the island, the breed is teetering on the brink of extinction here on the mainland.