Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.
How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Tongue-ties are used to tie horses’ tongues to their lower jaw.
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Tongue-ties are used in Australian horse racing but are banned in most other horse sports.
Feral horse damage on the Australian Alps Walking Track, Bill Jones Hut, May 2018.
The 'brumby bill' which passed the NSW upper house late last night, is an embarrassing step backwards for the state.
A government plan to ‘dart’ wild horses with fertility control drugs ignores science and expert advice.
There is no way to effectively administer fertility control to thousands of horses scattered through a huge national park meaning population growth will only be limited as they run out of food
Research suggests there is no “safe number” of brumbies that will avoid harm to mountain ecosystems.
Failing to cull feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park may end up promoting environmental destruction while actually increasing the horses' suffering.
The unique bond between humans and horses is explored in the film ‘Lean on Pete.’
Humans and horses have developed a unique interspecies language based on physical contact.
Horses graze on a ranch as the sun rises near Smithers, B.C., in September 2017.
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Horses have played a major role in our culture and have worked hard for human beings for eons. But there's high turnover and pressing labour issues in horse stables. It's time to figure out why.
A new study of ancient Botai horses turns our knowledge about wild and domestic horses on its head.
A veterinarian about to administer the Hendra virus vaccine.
New research shows that vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus in horses does not reduce their racing performance.
Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams.
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The cultural meanings of wild horses.
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Today's episode of Essays On Air explores how humans have related to horses over time and across the world, and asks: is it time to rethink how we 'manage' brumbies in the wild?
Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay ‘Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety’.
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Essays On Air 01: Introducing Essays On Air.
The Conversation is launching a new podcast, Essays On Air. It's the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers.
There's plenty of evidence that even fish have feelings.
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions.
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Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
From 1921 to 2000, no black jockeys competed.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.
Do organisms adapt after they arrive in new environments or are the adaptations what lets them to move to new locations?
Riders don’t always obey the rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing.
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Despite strict rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing, some riders still breach them.
Harness racing in Brisbane.
Harness Racing Australia has announced it will ban the use of the whip. The decision is a world first for any horse sporting body, so what about the rest of the horse racing industry?