Horses have been part of the human experience for millenial and still influence our interpretation of the past and our perceptions for the future

It’s Only a Matter of Time – the Rebirth of an Ice Age Horse

April 28th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , , |

It was the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, a 2,500,000-year period of climate turbulence. In Siberia repeated glacial periods were offset by warmer periods supporting endless grasslands. With each climate shift life on earth changed – animals evolved, new species developed while others died off. He was born during one of Siberia’s more recent cooling periods [...]

100 Feet Untraveled – Your Horses’ Gastrointestinal System

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: |

Microtechnology and robotics have become common tools in human medicine. They are used as internal payload devices to deliver medicine, to affect molecular changes that help patients recover from physical trauma, to perform less intrusive surgery and to help diagnose internal issues. Recently some of these technologies have become available to small animal veterinarians which offers [...]

Swamp Cancer Dooms Seven Chincoteague Ponies

February 12th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History, Training|Tags: |

The name itself conjures horrific images that are not far off the mark. “Swamp Cancer” has made a deadly impression upon the 150 wild ponies of Chincoteague Island. Seven infected ponies were recently humanely euthanized; Shadow, Lightning, Calceti’n, Elusive Star, Essie, RainDancer and Lyra. Photo Credit: DVM Kenneth Marcella “Swamp Cancer” is not cancer [...]

There’s No Turning Back – Genetically Engineered Horses are Here

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , , |

No longer the hyperbolic motto of science fiction, technology has achieved the means to make horses faster, stronger, better. Microscopic proteins target a section of DNA, then cut the strands Cloning experts at Kheiron Biotech in Buenos Aires, Argentina are focused on manipulating the DNA gene sequence that controls the growth of muscles. The [...]

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919

January 15th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management, Science & History|Tags: , |

On January 15, 1919, a massive tidal wave obliterated Boston’s North End. The deadly wave was not a tsunami wrought from the Atlantic but rather 2.3 million gallons of molasses dumped on the streets when a storage tank ruptured. The molasses tank before it ruptured in 1919 The molasses was stored in a large [...]

Sailor’s Lives Depended on Mare’s Tails

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , |

'MARE’S TAILS and MACKEREL SCALES make tall ships carry low sails' Ancient travelers new this phrase well, it was a warning heeded by sailors throughout the ages. But the mackerel scales referred to are not fishy ones, and nor do the mare's tails anything to do with horses. Both, in fact, are nicknames for clouds. Mare's [...]

Hello Dolly! Cloning Marks a Big Anniversary

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , , , , |

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her birth stimulated the science community to learn more about stem-cell research which has lead to many scientific and medical breakthroughs. Two decades later the birth of a cloned mammal no longer makes headline news but the technology behind [...]

An Epic Tale of Poo

February 15th, 2017|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , |

How do you track an army, an enormous army comprised of 30,000 men, 15,000 horses and 37 elephants that crossed a snowy mountain range 2200 years ago? The answer just may lie at your feet. HANNIBAL’S EXCURSION Hannibal Barca lived in the Mediterranean when the Roman empire reigned supreme (BC). Considered one of the greatest commanders [...]

Changing the Reins of Power

January 18th, 2017|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: |

On January 20th, the new President of the United States will take office. The transfer of power takes place in Washington, DC where the President is sworn into office on the steps of the Capital Building. There are many celebrations during the day including the traditional Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Over 3,000 organizations applied to [...]

Remembrance Sunday, November 13

November 10th, 2016|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , |

Remembrance Sunday is a memorial day observed in the Commonwealth of Nations. The day ensures that no one will be forgotten; military and civilian, men and women even horses who suffered or died during the two World Wars and later conflicts. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid upon memorials, muffled church bells ring across the countryside [...]