Category: Research

Claire Brown.
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Connemara ponies’ history provides cultural insights for researcher

Claire Brown sets off in new research direction.

Researchers pinpoint how to tell when a donkey is feeling better
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Researchers pinpoint how to tell when a donkey is feeling better

Findings of study aimed at helping world’s working donkeys.

Working animals are crucial to the livelihoods of an estimated 600 million people. Photo: The Brooke
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Three research papers address welfare issues for millions of working animals

Studies available as part of new collection of free research articles.

Leopard coat patterns in horses have gone in and out of popularity throughout the ages, new research suggests.
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Complex leopard spotting not always the height of fashion

Striking coal colour went in and out of fashion, researchers found.

Electrical nerve stimulation shows promise in treating headshaking
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Electrical nerve stimulation shows promise in treating headshaking

Results described as encouraging by British researchers.

New online veterinary resource for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis
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New online veterinary resource for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis

Research shows parasitic disease is found in at least 42 US states.

Sunshine decides time is up for the goat rider.
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Is Neddy happy today? New research may help

Easy to identify negative emotions, say researchers who are looking at the positive.

Pteropus vampyrus, the large flying fox, is one of the natural reservoirs of the Nipah virus. Photo: Raul654/Wikipedia
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Meat from infected horses caused human deaths in the Philippines – researchers

Villagers slaughtered and ate sickly horses; nine people died.

The Pulsar benchtop machine is used to distinguish differences between horse meat and beef by their fat profile. Tests for pork and lamb are in development. Photo: Institute of Food Research
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British researchers develop simpler test to identify horse meat

New method is faster and cheaper than DNA testing.

Dr Emmeline Hill
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Six new genetic tests for racehorses likely within two years

Irish firm Equinome announces further expansion.

Horses find timothy hay tasty and few will turn their noses up at it.
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Soaking hay causes dramatic rise in bacteria – research

Loss of hygiene could have clinical consequences, but more work needed to confirm this.

Trojan horse tactic of parasites identified by researchers
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Trojan horse tactic of parasites identified by researchers

Parasites found to release tiny packages of genetic material into the cells of their victim.

Fruit bats carry viruses which can be dangerous to humans, but are benign to bats.
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Supercomputer crunches data on the dangerous Hendra virus

Clues emerges as to why the virus is benign in bats; often fatal to humans and horses.

Horse paddock pollution threat studied
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Horse paddock pollution threat studied

Swedish researchers identify leaching risks.

Horses make great police ambassadors, research suggests
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Horses make great police ambassadors, research suggests

Mounted police units in British neighbourhoods found to boost confidence and trust.

Indian fossils provide crucial evidence on the origins of the horse
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Indian fossils provide crucial evidence on the origins of the horse

Important fossils unearthed on the edge of a coal mine.

Aziz Tnibar
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Hydrogel injection shows promise in treating equine osteoarthritis

“It is a breakthrough therapy which is highly promising.” – lead researcher.

The distribution of Culicoides imicola, with the dots indicating confirmed occurences. The graphics provides a legend of land classification. The cross-hatched areas are zones of inhospitable habitat - the Adriatic Sea, Sahara Desert and Red Sea which separating the three model-fitting zones.
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African horse sickness: Where are midges that can carry the disease likely to spread?

Midges could even spread as far as warmer parts of New Zealand.

Fighting the battle of the bulge. Photo: Redwings
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Level of key growth factor linked to obesity in horses

Findings could lead to a biological marker for metabolic conditions, including obesity.

Faecal bacteria monitored during feed transition study
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Faecal bacteria monitored during feed transition study

Rapid microbial transition seen after change from commercial forage-based feed to pasture.

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