Tongue Ties Could Cause Stress for Horses

Tongue ties help some racehorses breathe better, but study results suggest they can also cause stress, even in horses that have been tied regularly in the past.
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Tongue ties might allow racehorses to breathe better in certain situations, but study results suggest they can also cause signs of stress—including those that have been tied regularly in the past. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

A tied tongue might allow racehorses to breathe better in certain situations. But that doesn’t mean the horse perceives the tie as a positive experience. Recent study results suggest tongue tying causes significant signs of stress in racehorses—including those that have been tied regularly in the past

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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