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10 things we do that puzzle and scare horses

Patting, shoeing, grooming, feeding, and even putting them in a stable - the list of seemingly benign human interactions that can confuse or upset horses is surprisingly long. On the eve of the official Horse's Birthday, we explain why.
It’s true they do have an amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both. Flickr/Loco Steve

Curious Kids: why don’t horses sit or lie down even while sleeping?

Horses can stand on three legs and rest the other leg. They can change the leg they rest so that all of their legs get a chance to have a break.
Derby frontrunner Game Winner comes from a bloodline of Latin American racehorse excellence. Gonzalo Anteliz Jr.

The Kentucky Derby has a secret Latino history

Many immigrants come to the United States chasing the 'American dream.' So do immigrant racehorses, who literally carry the hopes of their trainers and riders on their backs.
The results of a new animal cruelty study are clear. People view fighting animal cruelty as a public responsibility and want crimes against animals to be taken more seriously. (Shutterstock)

Why animal cruelty should become a matter for dedicated police units

A new study examines how to best enforce and prevent animal abuse, including through a dedicated anti-cruelty policing unit.
Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat. Tim Caro

Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies

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.
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. AP Photo

Can Seabiscuit’s DNA explain his elite racing ability?

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.

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