When horses exercise or compete at moderate to high intensities they ALL break some blood vessels in the lungs. This is known as Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH). These vessels are so tiny that the red blood cells themselves are only just able to squeeze through the tiny capillaries. The walls of these vessels are around 1/100th the thickness of a human hair. Whether a horse is diagnosed as a “blee
We all know that horses paw the ground and that some horses do it more than others but this is a behaviour that has rarely been studied. A new study just published attempted to understand more about pawing behaviour. The study comes from the group lead by Prof Katherine Houpt at Cornell University in the USA. Prof Houpt is the James Law Professor of Behavior Medicine (emeritus) at Cornell and has a distinguished trac
Dr David Marlin is a scientist with more than 20 years experience in physiology and biochemistry. His specialist areas include exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and disease, thermoregulation, physiological measurement, imaging and diagnostic devices. He has worked with a variety of species including horses, dogs, cats and human subjects. One of David's highest profile projects was the research into the effects of heat and humidity in the lead up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.