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Guelph, ON Aug. 8, 2018 - While most of us are more concerned with eliminating waste, the examination of manure and gut contents are providing fascinating upcoming studies for two Ontario Veterinary College researchers, Drs Scott Weese and Luis Arroyo.

How many ways can you think of to stress out a horse? Trailering, bathing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, saddling — the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, calming options are not. Thanks to research conducted at the University of Arizona (UA), horsemen and horsewomen have a new tool to help manage equine stress, and it’s as simple as a sniff. A sniff of lavender, that is.

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has independently tested 15 riding helmets for children and adults available on the Swedish market. Their test shows that only three out of fifteen helmets obtained the Folksam “Best in Test” or “Good Choice” label. If you are unlucky to find yourself in an accident, the right choice of equestrian helmet may prevent a concussion. The test also shows that the price is irrelevant in choosing a helmet as one of the most expensive helmets was among the worst performing ones.

The Thoroughbred racehorse who became the 13th Triple Crown winner in 2018 has been officially retired from racing. The three-year-old colt had been in light training to allow him time to recover after the grueling Triple Crown campaign, but in early July his trainer, Bob Baffert, noticed a slight filling in the horse’s left front fetlock. When the swelling returned a few days later the leg was evaluated, and the decision was made to retire him from racing on July 25, 2018.

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was injured on Sunday morning, July 22, 2018, when the horse he was riding at California’s Del Mar racetrack collapsed during training and died.

An outrider horse suffered a lower front leg fracture during the ninth and final heat of the July 11th GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. The horse, owned by chuckwagon driver, Chad Harden, managed to finish the race. The rider came off on the third corner but was not injured.

June 14, 2018 - Town council in Beaverlodge, Alberta has turned down proposed changes to a bylaw that would have banned horses from that community. Changes to the Beaverlodge Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw would have allowed horses currently owned to be grandfathered in, with new horses allowed on land zoned for agriculture.

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