Our Work With Horses

Veterinary Advances for Horses

Since 1950, we have invested over $20 million in more than 500 equine health studies. We’ve contributed to the development of genetic screening tests for multiple equine diseases, including combined immunodeficiency disease, equine type I polysaccharide storage myopathy, and lavender foal syndrome. We also provided timely funding which led to the discovery of the cause, and subsequent vaccine development for Potomac horse fever.

Since 800 BCE, when humans first started riding horses, these magnificent animals have held a special place in our hearts. Though largely working animals through most of their years of domestication, the horse also fills history and families with stories of heroism, stoicism, determination and companionship – from Sea Biscuit to therapy horses, working ponies to steadfast partners in the Old West – our equine companions deserve the healthiest lives we can give them.

Equine/Llama/Alpaca Studies Funded
7.6 million
Horses and camelids helped in the United States alone

New Equine Research Advances Battle Against Cancer

Treating large animals with cancer can be difficult. For many years, equine veterinarians tended to take a passive approach to horse cancers, but this practice is being called into question.

Genetics of Sarcoid Tumors

Breed predisposition suggests a genetic basis for sarcoid susceptibility, the most common skin tumor in horses. Researchers have narrowed the search for genetic factors influencing sarcoid tumor growth and behavior, important information for developing new diagnostics, preventives and treatments.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines for Our Horses

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