The Horse

OCT 2017

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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33 October 2017 THE HORSE TheHorse.com ISABELLE ARNON I n 1968, 27 researchers gathered at the University of Kentucky, in Lex- ington, to listen to 23 presentations at the Equine Nutrition Research Symposium. Over the years that event grew into a biannual meeting organized by what's now known as the Equine Science Society (ESS), which "promotes quality research on equine nutrition and physiology." In 2017 the 25th ESS Symposium featured more than 200 presentations, attendees from about 120 institutions, and, for the first time, a member of the media—me. Following is an exclusive look at some of the research presented May 30-June 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Find more online at TheHorse.com/ESS2017. Your Obese Horse Is Costing You Money Researchers recently determined that caretakers spend, on average, nearly $435 more each year managing obese equids than nonobese ones. Aubrey Jaqueth, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, shared this and other findings from her study on equine obesity. Jaqueth and her academic advisor, Amy Burk, MS, PhD, conducted an internet survey of Maryland horse farm managers to examine the prevalence of obesity, how caretakers manage it, and what challenges they face in doing so. The 99 respondents reported managing 238 ponies and 1,290 horses, of which 41% and 40%, respectively, were "overconditioned" (a body condition score [BCS] of 4 or 5 on a five-point scale). ERICA LARSON Science 25th EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM WRAP-UP Practical

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