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Along with firearms and disease, the horse was a key element in occupying Aboriginal land during the colonial period and controlling the largely convict workforce on the frontier.
Victoria’s plan has flaws, but it’s still likely to bring the feral horse problem under control, and will do a lot better than the very low benchmark set by NSW.
Only a few individual animals have recognised themselves in mirrors before.
Horses have been our companions and partners for thousands of years. They deserve better than to be shipped from Canada in inhumane and cruel conditions for slaughter.
This story is not graphic, but what happens to slaughter-bound horses is, and it’s time for change.
Shaquero, a two-year-old horse, won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Saturday.
Engaging two-year-old horses in the intensive training to prepare for competitive racing is a bit like asking a 13-year-old child to perform at the peak of their athletic potential.
Different animals have different ways of showing they’re happy. Their behaviours aren’t as straightforward as you might think.
Henry Bergh (in top hat) stopping an overcrowded horsecar, from Harper’s Weekly, Sept. 21, 1872.
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A fast-moving equine flu cratered the US economy in the fall of 1872, showing all too clearly that horses were essential and deserved better treatment.
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New research showing clear similarities between pain receptors in human and horses’ skin raises fresh questions about whether the widespread practice is ethical or even effective.
Giving racehorses baking soda in a bid to boost their endurance isn’t just dangerous and illegal - a new research review shows it doesn’t even have the intended effect anyway.
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.