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    Is any account taken of the distress caused by...

    Is any account taken of the distress caused by early separation of foal and dam? For example, if a foal abreacted badly on initial separation, would another one be used instead - or would it just be...
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    Typically what age (or age range) would foals be...

    Typically what age (or age range) would foals be "pulled off" or separated from their nurse mare dams?
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    Is such early weaning not considered a welfare...

    Is such early weaning not considered a welfare issue?
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    I found an interesting study showing that sodium...

    I found an interesting study showing that sodium pentobarbital can persist for a long time (367 days) under some circumstances - compost piles in Oklahoma. I don't know how much rain, and hence how...
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    Even if barbiturate wasn't used, there would be...

    Even if barbiturate wasn't used, there would be concerns about water supply contamination by pathogens from a decomposing carcass. Composting can be an acceptable option though.

    I'm not against...
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    Another reason would be the safety of people...

    Another reason would be the safety of people nearby. In the UK, regulations stipulate a certain distance must be clear of people in the direction of the shot (2 km apparently, though this seems...
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    That is a good question. My impression from vets...

    That is a good question. My impression from vets I know is that drug combinations and procedures have improved, but it would be good to know if this was actually the case.

    When you say "die" do...
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    Only an issue if other animals / wildlife are...

    Only an issue if other animals / wildlife are likely to consume the carcass, right? Pentobarbital isn't so toxic.
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    What you say suggests that a large fraction...

    What you say suggests that a large fraction (~50%?) of chemical euths do not go smoothly? Was that really the case? If so, I am shocked to hear it, because my personal small animal experience and...
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    I thought the first and primary action of a...

    I thought the first and primary action of a barbiturate overdose, administered after sedation (where sedative is given), is to suppress central nervous system activity to the extent that...
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    Why are tranquillizers slower to act or less...

    Why are tranquillizers slower to act or less effective in animals that have cancer? Can any vets on here tell me? Thanks!
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    This is completely new to me, so I would like to...

    This is completely new to me, so I would like to find out more. Is this phenomenon - cancer suppressing tranquillizer action - documented somewhere? Does it also have this effect with barbiturates?
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    Paul McGreevy showed a video at an Equine...

    Paul McGreevy showed a video at an Equine Behaviour Forum meeting that a colleague Alison Harman had made showing the different field of view and colour perception of a horse approaching a showjump....
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    That would suggest that horses are sensitive to...

    That would suggest that horses are sensitive to the gaze direction of predators (which would include humans until proved otherwise). This would make a lot of sense from a survival point of view.
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    An interesting test would be to wear shades, do...

    An interesting test would be to wear shades, do exactly the same thing (i.e. look the horse in the eye), and see if the horse responds differently.
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    Is this horse in this picture looking at the...

    Is this horse in this picture looking at the photographer or somewhere else?

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dc/Grey_horse_eye.jpg

    I don't think it's nearly as obvious or clear...
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    Just thought of an easy experiment folks could...

    Just thought of an easy experiment folks could try...

    Get 2-4 people to stand next to each other and to one side of a horse (a typical orientation for driving a horse away in a roundpen) to look...
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    I think "eye contact" is important only inasmuch...

    I think "eye contact" is important only inasmuch as it is accompanied by other body language signs that the horses pick up on. I doubt they are naturally wired to use eye gaze direction information,...
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    A well written and thought-provoking piece, imo....

    A well written and thought-provoking piece, imo. Nice. Thank you for that!
  20. What difference (if any) does the fact that Maher...

    What difference (if any) does the fact that Maher was officially reprimanded make to the assessment of what happened? I assume they were in a much better position to see what happened than we are...
  21. What does it mean when people say a horse is...

    What does it mean when people say a horse is having a "temper tantrum"? Seems a bit anthropomorphic to me.
  22. Herz Pferd is more fahrty than guttural, I'd say....

    Herz Pferd is more fahrty than guttural, I'd say.

    I do like Cheval de Coeur though!
  23. Please tell that to my molecular...

    Please tell that to my molecular biology/genetics/biochemistry colleagues who bamboozle me with their 3- and 4-letter gene and protein names, and expect everyone who isn't a molecular...
  24. The "reading each others' minds" thing is...

    The "reading each others' minds" thing is extraordinary, isn't it? One horse, who I spent 27 years with until he was pts age 30, might well be described as my "heart horse", though I wouldn't...
  25. If not "heart horse" (which I agree has potential...

    If not "heart horse" (which I agree has potential unwanted connotations), then what phrase should we use that expresses the same thing? OP?

    "Horse of a lifetime" has been suggested. Although it...
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