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Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Science
July 11 (UPI) -- Horses snort more when they're comfortable and happy. The communication could help caretakers achieve more positive animal welfare outcomes. Proper care for animals involves minimizing stress. But how do caretakers know when animals are happy or bothered? Interpreting the emotions of horses can be especially difficult. Many behavioral signals displayed by horses are ambiguous, and studies of physiological signals have yielded contradictory results. Many horse owners and caretakers have noted an association between snorting and positive environments, but the connection hadn't been scientifically tested until now. Researchers in France monitored snorting frequency among 48 horses. Half were riding horses, kept in confined environs and separated in solitary stalls. The othe...
UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Queen's Plate, Irish Derby up next

UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Queen's Plate, Irish Derby up next

Sports
The Queen's Plate in Canada, the Irish Derby and a French filly and mare showdown top an international buffet of classy weekend racing. Woodbine has a stellar supporting program for the Queen's Plate. Belmont Park, Monmouth and Gulfstream have important stakes. And Churchill Downs has a couple races for the precocious and ambitious 2-year-old set. Last weekend, the Queen herself at Royal Ascot. This weekend, the Queen's Plate in the former colony. We flow on with the narrative ... The Queen's Plate Saturday's $ 1 million (Canadian) Queen's Plate at Woodbine features the first three finishers from the Plate Trial and the top two from the Woodbine Oaks Mark Casse trains the Plate Trial winner, Telekinesis, and Wonder Gadot, who has finished second by narrow margins in the Fantasy at Oaklaw...
UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Justify eyes Preakness Stakes

UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Justify eyes Preakness Stakes

Sports
The sun didn't shine on My Old Kentucky Home on Derby Day this year and it's unlikely to shine on Saturday's Preakness, either. But for Derby winner Justify, the rain disappeared as he took the track at Pimlico for the first time. The Peakness, middle jewel of the Triple Crown, is the highlight of another massive international weekend of Thoroughbred racing. Pimlico has a full slate of stakes supporting the Preakness with additional important racing on both coasts and at Arlington Park. Red Lion has already roared at York in England, staking his claim to Derby consideration. Yet to come is the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury with Rhododendron set to bloom. The 3-year-old fillies -- and some of their first-crop sires -- shine in Japan. But first, back to Old Hilltop. The Triple Crown A field ...
Horse remains belong to unrecognized genus from last ice age

Horse remains belong to unrecognized genus from last ice age

Science
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A new analysis of ancient horse fossils suggests the New World stilt-legged horse warrants a new genus.The thin-limbed horse roamed North America during the last ice age, but is now extinct. Until now, scientists thought the horse species was a member of the genus Equus -- possible a close relative of the Asiatic wild ass, also known as an onager, Equus hemionus.Remains of the enigmatic species have been discovered in Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave, Nevada's Gypsum Cave and among the Klondike goldfields of Canada's Yukon Territory.Genomic analysis of stilt-legged horse remains suggest the species, now named Haringtonhippus francisci, isn't closely related to any living equine population. The genus Haringtonhippus likely diverged from the main branch of the horse family tree s...
Vicky Chen: Teen actress beats veterans at Golden Horse awards

Vicky Chen: Teen actress beats veterans at Golden Horse awards

Entertainment
A teenage newcomer has beaten established stars to win best supporting actress at the film awards dubbed the Chinese-language Oscars.Vicky Chen, 14, was nominated at the Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful.Her co-star, Hong Kong veteran Kara Wai, won the best actress gong, which Chen was also nominated for.The awards are held annually in Taiwan and are open to Chinese-language films. The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful, a crime drama centred around a wealthy family, was nominated in seven categories and won in three, including best film.Chen was also nominated for best actress for her role in Angels Wear White. She plays a hotel maid who witnesses a sexual assault and grapples with the decision of reporting it.Despite losing to Wai in that p...