Magazine Articles

The articles here are on a variety of equine health topics. If you are looking for more information on equine massage, sports medicine, biomechanics etc. have a look through the posts on this site (see listing in the sidebar or choose from the topics in the second menu bar above).


Portrait of a Quarter Horse Genome (Racing Quarterly – Summer 2012)

Researchers at Texas A&M University recently completed the first sequencing of a Quarter Horse genome. I spoke with the lead researcher of the project as well as other equine geneticists to learn more about this quickly developing field and the insights that are being gained about the inner workings of our horse’s DNA. Pretty cool stuff!!


Prevention and Management of EQUINE GASTRIC ULCERS (February 2012)

While effective medications exist to treat equine gastric ulcers, management strategies can go a long way to reducing their incidence and severity, even amongst performance horses. This article takes a look at what the latest research has to say.


MAXING OUT – Heart Function and Failure in the Equine Athlete (October 2011)

It’s no surprise that racing places heavy demands on a horse’s heart, yet until now we have known very little about what actually goes on with this most essential muscle during the extreme conditions of live racing. A recent University of Guelph study conducted at Mohawk Racetrack provides an inside look – and with some surprising results.


The Art of ARTHROSCOPY (September 2011)

This article takes an inside look at equine arthroscopic surgery – the minimally invasive keyhole surgical technique used to repair and treat joint disease and injury in the horse.



Horses get hotter much more quickly than humans when working in hot and humid conditions, putting them at greater risk of overheating when the mercury rises. This article explains why and how you can properly manage it.


SUPER MINT (December 2010)

A potent strain of the common mint plant developed at the University of Guelph may have the potential to help counter joint inflammation in horses.


BREATHING ROOM (January 2010)

Stables are notoriously dusty environments. In fact, recent studies have found that levels of dust in equine barns are often in ranges that are known to cause airway disease in people and lab animals. Fortunately, there are a number of practical measures that you can take to improve stable air quality and help protect your horse’s airways from high levels of dust.