Equine Science

The cluster’s research focuses on the relationship between equine behavioural neuroscience, gastric health and dietary manipulation of stabled performance horses, and makes a significant contribution to horse welfare.

The holistic approach involves behavioural and physical health profiling to reveal the triggers of gut dysbiosis and aberrant behaviours. The team has developed several innovative testing methods that are effective, non-invasive and low cost, but with high animal welfare impact. Much focus has been directed towards improving gut and respiratory health by developing novel feeds, pre-feeding treatments that remove airborne particles from fodder to reduce respiratory diseases, and increasing the understanding of stereotypy behaviour (crib-biting) and its underlying causes.

Cluster members

Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer

Associate Professor Andrew Hemmings

Dr Simon Daniels

Dr Charlotte Sinclair

Highlight projects

Current doctoral and MRes research projects

Mark Ebert PhD

‘Determining energy requirements in horses’

Emily Orchard PhD

‘Cognitive function and learning capabilities in the stereotypy performing horse’

Bethany Waring MScR

‘Haylage quality and the impact on gut health in horses’

Taylor Hill MScR

‘The effect of prebiotics on the horses microbial function and metabonome during management changes’

Susan CoMartin MScR

‘Stress in feral and domesticated native ponies’

Miranda Filmer MScR

‘Re-hydration in horses’

Aine Ryan MScR

‘Thoroughbred horses’