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Equine Research Group
Equine Research activity is growing rapidly with the group currently concentrating on equine nutrition, genetics, and behaviour.
All our research is aligned to our mission statement which is to ‘Provide horse-industry relevant research and education within the context of equine related commerce, rural land management and agriculture.’
Members of staff in SEMS are frequent contributors at international conferences and collaborate with colleagues in UK and mainland Europe on a range of equine health-related research projects. We have excellent links with industry and this enhances project diversity and gives students the opportunity to see how research programmes are initiated, developed and the results finally translated into industry-relevant recommendations /activity.
Current projects at MScR and PhD level are addressing issues in respiratory health, equine gastric ulceration syndrome, genetic and behavioural markers of temperament and stereotypies in horses.
Research facilities include a 60 x 40 m all-weather Martin Collins arena at Foss Hill Farm, a 1 km chipped bark gallop and an American barn stabling block with 24-hour observation facility and a horse walker, all of which enable our work on nutrition, behavioural observation, practical gait analyses and standard exercise regimes. Laboratories on main campus facilitate nutritional and hygienic assessment of feed, DNA extraction, microbiology culturing, and histology.