Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

Articles by Erin Ryder

Two Students Indicted in Texas Horse Killing

Two Texas A&M students have been charged with cruelty to animals and criminal mischief for killing a horse in Bryan, Texas, reports The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

Kenneth Ryan Peterson, 21, and Walter Ray Williams, 20, Read More

Preparing for the Worst

Horses are delicate creatures. Despite their size and strength, they can be afflicted by a host of ailments. Their use in equestrian sports, their curious nature, and their boisterous social interactions can easily put them in injury-causing Read More

EU Lifts Suspension of South African Horse Exports

The European Union has lifted a ban designed to stop the spread of African horse sickness, allowing horses from South Africa to again be exported to Europe, reports Read More

Study Formulates Method for Reducing Fearfulness

Desensitization, the gradual introduction of a new stimulus, might be the most effective way to reduce fearfulness and reactivity in horses, according to a recent study by Danish and Swedish researchers.

The scientists examined three method Read More

BLM Rounding Up Horses on Fire-Scorched Range

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will round up around 100 horses on the Clan Alpine Herd Management Area in Northern Nevada this week, reports Nevada television station Read More

Sulky Horse Fends Off Attacking Bear

A Swedish racehorse in training fended off a bear with a well-aimed kick, reports the Independent Online, a South Africa Read More

Snoring Horse Breathes Easy After Surgery

A horse with an unusual snoring condition has undergone corrective surgery, much to the relief of farm workers and fellow stablemates who were tired of his noisy droning, the Read More

Aggressive Coyotes Worry Connecticut Horse Owners

A yearling Quarter Horse sustained severe injuries Wednesday (Oct. 18) after being attacked by what is believed to be an aggressive pack of coyotes, reports NBC30, a Read More

In the Wake of Machines, Burros Return to Mexican Agriculture

Once the postcard image of Mexico, burros have had a hard time maintaining their status as an agricultural necessity since John Deere moved to town, reports The Christian Science Monitor. But now, the useful animals appear to be making Read More

Reward Offered In Tennessee Horse Shooting

The owners of two horses and a mule that were shot in Henderson County, Tenn., last weekend are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter, reported the The Jackson Sun.

One Quarter Read More

17-inch Mare Recognized as World's Smallest Horse

Thumbelina, a 17-inch-tall Miniature horse, has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest horse, reports the London Daily Mail.

The 5-year-old mare weighed eight pounds at birth and Read More

Here's Looking at You

Different breeds of horses examine novel objects using different dominant eyes, according to researchers from the Universite de Rennes in France. Their observations of horses' reactions can also help horse handlers interpret whether a horse is Read More

Walking Horse Trainers, Veterinarians React to Celebration Flap

According to Walking Horse trainers and veterinarians, the issues leading to the early closure of the National Celebration show were but another example of a lack of consistency in the interpretation of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). Read More

Survey Gives Insights on Danish Dewormer Restrictions

A survey of Danish veterinarians revealed that legislation making equine dewormers available by prescription only resulted in veterinarians being more involved in parasite control, with most horses treated less often.

Enacted in 1999 to slo Read More

EVA Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage Affects Western U.S.

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) resulted in quarantine restrictions in 18 states, with nine states reporting positive cases. A vaccine shortage is hampering efforts to control the outbreak.

Although the virus has been limited to Read More

Love is in the Air: Estrus Odor Recognized Across Species Lines

French researchers with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique have discovered that the odors associated with females in estrus can be identified by different mammals.

In the study, male rats were exposed to the feces of foxes, Read More

Invitational Show Will Award Tennessee Walker World Grand Champion Title

Because of the early closure of the National Celebration show last month, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) will host a show in late November to select a 2006 World Grand Champion.

Jerrold Pedigo Read More

Idaho Leads Nation in Equine WNV Cases

As West Nile virus (WNV) continues to appear across the United States this mosquito season, Idaho horses are being hit hard. More than 300 horses have been diagnosed with the illness in 2006.

Marilyn Simunich, DVM, of the Idah Read More

Differences in Serotonin Gene Show No Correlation to Anxiety

Subtle differences in the serotonin transport gene in horses might not have a role in anxiety after all, according to researchers with the Laboratory of Veterinary Ethology in Tokyo. Their study was published in June issue of the Journal of Read More

Head Position Affects Intraocular Pressure

Intraocular (inside the eye) pressure readings are used in the diagnosis of equine glaucoma. However, researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found that the position of the horse's head can impact the pressure reading, which could Read More

Pasture-Associated Laminitis and Countermeasures

Researchers with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth, Wales, suggested some possible preventative measures for pasture-associated laminitis in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition. Read More

Equids Quick to Evolve

Researchers with the University of Bari in Italy have discovered that equids, and particularly donkeys, evolved at a rapid pace. Their study was published in the June issue of Genomics.

The researchers came this conclusion after Read More

Branching Out From the Equine Family Tree

Equus hydruntinus, an extinct equine, might have had a larger range than originally believed, according to researchers with the French university Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. Their study was published in the July issue of Read More

Owner of Texas Boarding Stable Suspects Intentional Poisoning of 27 Horses

The owner of Carousel Acres, the College Station, Texas, boarding facility where 27 horses died the week of July 16, says he now believes the horses were poisoned intentionally, according to The Eagle Land and Livestock Post.

The Read More

Geography a Likely Tie to Histoplasmosis Rates

Researchers with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia have found a strong correlation between the rate of histoplasmosis (epizootic lymphangitis) and the climate of the area in which horses live. The study was published in the July Veterinary Read More