Equine Topics

Equine Topics

Equine Sanctuary & Rescue Facility Guidelines (pdf: 46pp, 836KB)
—by Gregory Ferraro, DVM; Carolyn Stull, MS, PhD; and John Madigan, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM; published by the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has developed a set of guidelines to help ensure that horses maintained within equine sanctuaries and rescue farms receive adequate and proper care. The guidelines address all issues related to sanctuary management and operations. They provide information on proper facility design construction and maintenance, suggestions for management and financial organization and instructions on the proper husbandry practices and health care necessary to ensure the successful operations of all types of sanctuary and rescue faciltiies. An evaluation checklist, based upon the content of the guidelines, is provided within the appendix to assist individuals who may be called upon to evaluate the quality of any such facility.


Researchers Find Benefit in Providing Horse Transport Breaks
—News release posted on "the Horse.com" (http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=12053) June 11, 2008, regarding the following scientific journal article:

Immunophysiological responses of horses to a 12-hour rest during 24 hours of road transport (pdf: 6pp, 96KB)
—The pdf contains a peer-reviewed clinical research paper published by the The Veterinary Record, the official journal of the British Veterinary Association. The article is copyrighted and posted by permission.

Physiology, Balance, and Management of Horses During Transportation (pdf: 11pp, 72KB)
—Proceedings, Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, Alberta, Canada, January 10-12, 1997. The conference was sponsored by Alberta Agricultural, Food and Rural Development.

Transporting Horses: Minimizing the Stress (pdf: 12pp, 912KB)
—The Horse Report, October 2003, published by the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Additional References on Equine Transport

Stull, C.L. Responses of horses to trailer design, duration, and floor area during commercial transportation to slaughter. Journal of Animal Science 77:2925-2933.

Reece, V.P, T.H. Friend, C. L. Stull, T. Grandin, and T. Cordes. Equine slaughter transport-update on research and regulations. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 216(8): 1253-1258.

Stull, C.L. and A.V. Rodiek. Physiological responses of horses to 24 hours of transportation using a commercial van during summer conditions. Journal of Animal Science 78:1458-1466.

Stull, C.L. Review: Slaughter horse transportation-science, societal concerns, and legislation. The Professional Animal Scientist 16:159-163.

Stull, C.L. Evolution of the proposed federal slaughter horse transport regulations. Journal of Animal Science 79 (E. Suppl.):E12-E15.

Stull, C.L. and A.V. Rodiek. Effects of cross-tying horses during 24-h of road transport. Equine Veterinary Journal. 34(6):550-555.

Stull, C.L., S.J. Spier, B.M. Aldridge, M. Blanchard, and J.L. Stott. Immunologic response to long-term transport stress in mature horses and effects of adaptogenic dietary supplementation as an immunomodulator. Equine Veterinary Journal. 36(7):583-589.


The Aging Horse (pdf: 12pp, 592KB)
—The Horse Report, July 2006, published by the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

The Skinny on Carbohydrates and Body Size of Horses (pdf: 10pp, 72KB)
—Proceedings, 27th Annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, Alberta, Canada, January 9-11, 2008

Rehabilitation of the Starved Horse

Metabolic responses of chronically starved horses to refeeding three isoenergetic diets (pdf: 7pp, 496KB)
—JAVMA Vol. 212, No. 5, pps. 691-696, March 1998, Christine L. Witham, DVM, MPVM, and Carolyn L. Stull, MS, PhD

Nutrition for Rehabilitating the Starved Horse (pdf: 12pp, 892KB)
—The Horse Report, July 2003, published by the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Managing Equine Neglect Cases (pdf: 8pp, 40B)
—By Carolyn Stull, MS, PhD


Preference of domestic horses for shade in a hot, sunny environment (pdf)

Physiological, behavioral, and serological responses of horses to shaded or unshaded pens in a hot, sunny environment (pdf)