Size and Scope of the Horse Industry
“Horses can learn to understand the meaning of abstract symbols and to use these to communicate with humans” stated researcher Cecilie Mejdell at the recent 10th International Equitation Science Conference. The study, which aimed to teach horses to use symbols to express their preferences regarding blanketing/rugging, was conducted by Mejdell and research colleagues Turid Buvik, Grete Jørgensen and Knut Bøe from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.
Yawning, sighing and stretching are just three behaviours observed in donkeys that have been evaluated in newly published research led by academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences and funded by global equine welfare charity the Brooke.
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Elastic has been used over the years to achieve ‘give’ and flexibility in equestrian equipment such as girths and reins. The reins provide a physical means for the delivery of signals/aids from the human to the horse.
The conference proceedings for the 10th International Equitation Science Conference recently held in Denmark are now available on the ISES website
Equivac® HeV is a new vaccine recommended for use in horses that is effective against the deadly Hendra Virus (HeV). The vaccine was launched at the beginning of November 2012 and it is now available nationwide through accredited Veterinarians.
Biosecurity Queensland is currently managing a Hendra virus case in the Bundaberg area.
The property has been quarantined which means restrictions apply to moving horses and horse materials on and off the property. The quarantine will be in place for at least one month.
The neighbouring property, which also has a number of horses, has been quarantined as it has been identified that animals on the property had potential contact with the infected horse.
Horse owners are reminded that movement restrictions are only in place for those properties under quarantine, there are NO general horse movement restrictions in place in the Bundaberg area.
Biosecurity Queensland is managing a new Hendra virus case in the Tablelands area after a positive test result was received late last night.
You are invited to an important Hendra Information Night in Mackay or Rockhampton