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, MS

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 University, Camie Heleski, PhD, and her colleagues observed novice riders mounted on horses fitted with and without adjustable training martingales to see

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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

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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. Clostridium difficile bacteria can proliferate in the intestines and produce toxins that can damage the intestinal lining of horses, humans, an

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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 Journal, researchers with the University of California, Davis, summarized new developments and their implications.

A recent development is the

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