Nancy Zacks, MS

Nancy Zacks holds an M.S. in Science Journalism from the Boston University College of Communication. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia where she learned to ride over fields and fences in nearby Malvern, Pa. When not writing, she enjoys riding at an eventing barn, drawing and painting horses, volunteering at a therapeutic riding program, and walking with Lilly, her black Labrador Retriever.

Articles by Nancy Zacks

Genetic Basis for Establishment of EAV Carrier State

New research suggests genetic factors play a role in determining stallion susceptibility to EAV infection. Read More

Vet Science Grad Program Unites Passion for Science, Horses

Graduate students are uniquely positioned for immersion in research that will advance horse health knowledge. Read More

Study: Nanoparticles to Deliver Therapy for Heaves in Horses

Study of horses with allergies showed a partial remission of allergy signs with nanoparticle administration Read More

Taylorella Genome Sequence Furthers CEM Comprehension

The genome of Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agent of contagious equine metritis, has been sequenced. Read More

Molecular Monitoring of Equine Joint Homeostasis

It's beneficial to look at biomarkers that reflect changes in cartilage as well as the joint capsule and bone. Read More

Saddle Pads: Best Shock Absorber Identified in Study

Researchers recently examined what saddle pad material is best suited for reducing equine back pressure. Read More

Respiratory Disease Surveillance Study: Two-Year Results

The most common equine respiratory disease signs were nasal discharge, fever, depression, and coughing. Read More

The High-Tech Vet

Today, equine veterinarians can diagnose and treat disease with more speed and certainty than ever thanks Read More

Does a Horse's Work Affect His Personality?

Does a horse's daily job affect his or her personality? A a group of French researchers recently used ethology Read More

Do Horses Recognize Their People?

Does a horse respond differently to "his person" as opposed to a stranger? The results of a recent French study indicate that horses use auditory and visual information to recognize specific people, and that they expect certain behaviors from those Read More

Vaccinating Pregnant Mares for Equine Viral Arteritis

In the event of an equine viral arteritis (EVA) outbreak, is it safe to vaccinate your pregnant mare so she develops the immunity she needs to prevent infection and resulting abortion? The results of a recent collaborative study completed by Read More

Horse Reproduction Trends And Tools

Whether reproduction occurs through natural breeding or artificial insemination, techniques and tools exist to help mare and stallion owners achieve their final goal: a complication-free conception, a problem-free pregnancy, and a healthy foal. Read More

Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system? Read More

Fracture Types and Treatments

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention--from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. Read More en Español: Caballos Reaccionan al Latido Cardiaco del Humano

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee Read More

Study: Rein Modifiers Helpful for Novice Riding Lessons

A training martingale--a piece of equipment with rings on either side of the horse's neck to stabilize rein position--might provide a more comfortable experience for lesson horses in novice riding programs.

In a study at Michigan State Read More

Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

Research shows an increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding. Read More

'Soapy' Protein in Horse Sweat Evolved to Dissipate Heat

Latherin, a soaplike protein in horse sweat and saliva, helps spread sweat over the coat, maximizing evaporation of water for heat loss, and causing the foam that we see when horses sweat profusely. Latherin is also found in saliva, which might Read More

ACVIM Releases EHV-1 Consensus Statement

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine has released its consensus statement on equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). According to the Read More

Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. Read More

Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s Read More

Human Strain of Clostridium Difficile Reported in Quarter Horse

The same strain of Clostridium difficile that causes illness and death in human hospitals was reported in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse, according to a paper published in May issue of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. Read More

Researchers Work to Better Diagnose, Treat Neurologic Herpesvirus

In their efforts to understand how equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy (EHM) works, researchers are discovering better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent the spread of the disease. In a review paper published in The Veterinary Read More