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post #1 of 22 Old 10-16-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Writing a research paper on something equine related...topic ideas?

It's a 10-pager, so the topic can't be huge, but not so narrow I can't do much with it.
He's encouraging us to NOT use moral debates (in this case, something like horse slaughter) but to find something we can back up with facts, scientific or medical studies. It needs to be persuasive.

I was thinking maybe the importance of boots for horses (I know there was a documentary on it on YouTube), wearing helmets, or Thoroughbred racing breeding habits as a cause for more breakdowns on the track and fewer Triple Crown winners.

Any other ideas?

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-16-2013, 11:59 AM
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The helmet issue would definitely be considered a moral debate, so that's out.

The TB breeding one might be a good one, IF you can keep it dispassionate and strictly facts, which might prove difficult, especially if you have strong views on the subject.
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^I don't think the importance of wearing a helmet would be considered a moral issue? I think it would be fairly easy to stick to the facts, plus you could get a lot of medical data to back up your claims.

I think the importance of boots for horses could be interesting.
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^I don't think the importance of wearing a helmet would be considered a moral issue? I think it would be fairly easy to stick to the facts, plus you could get a lot of medical data to back up your claims.

I think the importance of boots for horses could be interesting.
A topic becomes a moral issue when it addresses personal choice and could be seen as trying to persuade a change in personal choice. Any paper dealing with helmets is going to be seen as less research paper and more persuasive paper.

Something like the use of boots in horse performance is a better choice, as you would not be seen as trying to persuade anyone to use them or not, but simply researching the uses of them in horse performance and potential (or real) benefits.
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How about the benefits of therapeutic riding? We think of it as helping the physically disabled but it is now be utilized to help those with post traumatic stress syndrome.



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how about something around genetics? the dun gene mutation? or nutrition, focusing on horse diabetes (easy keeper syndrome)

I personally like the idea of genetics. There is tons of data available and you can show (graph) the ability to predict what two horses will throw.
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Are there any studies regarding horse health as it relates to the horse's 'job?' Do endurance horses have more arthritic illnesses?

I still like genetics. I think you could easily fill up 10 pages and have fun with it.
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how about something around genetics? the dun gene mutation? or nutrition, focusing on horse diabetes (easy keeper syndrome).
I really like this idea. As a teacher (not one quite yet, but almost), I would want to see a research paper that did not touch on any debatable issue or any topic that could be swayed by personal opinion. Genetics are a great idea because there is nothing debatable about them or that can be swayed by personal opinion.

Even the very basics of color genetics (base colors and modifiers) would be plenty to fill a ten page research paper.
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I'd go with AQHSam on nutrition, but I'd use diet as a whole. It's not really controversial since there's hard evidence and there's loads of information on it. Easy to lengthen or shorten just by going through the equine digestive tract (let's face it, there are courses taught on it). You can get as in depth as needed (down to every amino acid, mineral and their ratio if needed) to take up pages and there's always the potential health issues that diets can create. It's one of those topics that can be made short and sweet, as informative and time and space require or become a complete course of study due to it's effects and far reaching impact on and equines health, well being and longevity.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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If it helps, I pulled a 6 page paper last semester about slaughter. If I had a larger page requirement, I could have put more time into and gotten to 10, especially if I had to go into a decent amount of detail on both sides. Mine was persuasive, so more of it was spent proving my side and then saying why I did not agree with the other. It's still a controversial issue that's going on right now, so the amount of information to be found on it is pretty substantial.
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