As the Melbourne Cup approaches, new research shows whipping horses really doesn't offer the benefits its proponents claim.
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.
Expanding numbers of feral horses roaming the Australian Alps threaten the alp's ecosystems, soils and unique species.
Archaeologists investigate an ancient habitation site in western Mongolia, seeking clues to the early history of domestic horses.
Archaeologists have long argued over when and how people first domesticated horses. A decade ago, new techniques appeared to have provided answers – but further discoveries change the story again.
A rural fire service crew attempts to protect a property in New South Wales in December 2019.
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Wildfire smoke can damage animals' respiratory tract and lead to breathing problems and even death.
Sometimes slaughtering an ex-racehorse humanely is the best option if a good home cannot be found.
Our reaction to the horse-slaughter scandal show a double standard, and suggest we care more about what racehorses mean to us than what's best for the animal.
Protesters took to Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup over the weekend over the treatment of ex-racehorses.
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Racing industries put enormous effort into procuring the best young horses, but pay little attention to the fate of former (or simply unsuccessful) racers.
Mature horses can still pull in the crowds: Winx was a seven-year-old when she won in the Cox Plate in 2018.
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Race horses should be bred for both speed and durability so owners have an incentive to keep them racing fit and away from the abattoirs.
Animal activists stage a protest during Caulfield Cup day at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne, following shocking hidden-camera footage revealing the slaughtering of former racehorses.
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An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring.
Vet: are you happy? Horse: neigh.
An Australian horse app has been launched that allows vets and owners across the globe to log their horses' physical, mental and social development.
Not all Thoroughbreds mate in the natural way.
Today's the official birthday of all race horses in Australia which means the breeding season is just a month away. It's about to get very busy for stallions and mares on the stud farms.
Why do rodeo events like the Calgary Stampede continue to host deadly events?
Rodeo's loyalty to the dangerous sport of chuckwagon racing has a lot to do with its history.
What a good boy.
Having different coloured eyes is quite unusual, but it happens in many species throughout the animal kingdom.
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.
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.
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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.
Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx for an exhibition gallop at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, in Sydney, earlier this month.
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It's the last race for Winx this weekend and she's been an incredible race horse. But what makes a good race horse?
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.
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.
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.