Friday, May 09, 2014

Research Radio

Equine Guelph, the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph, has launched a new service that aims to bring updates on the latest equine research carried out by scientists at the Ontario Veterinary College and the University of Guelph.

Research Radio, an online podcast  promises to the cutting edge discoveries being made, and explain what they mean for equine health and welfare. It is produced in association with  Trot Radio's Norm Borg and SSG Gloves.

The first two podcasts are now available. The first features Dr. Thomas Koch, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Ontario Veterinary College, discussing his work on stem cell therapy. In the second, Dr. Jeff Thomason, Senior anatomy Professor and research co-ordinator at Equine Guelph, discusses the relationship between track surface and injury in the performance horse.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Owners of British horses that don't headshake needed to help understand headshaking!

An international group of researchers are looking for owners of normal healthy horses as well as owners of horses that headshake to complete a short online survey to help understand headshaking. They are trying to understand why some horses develop headshaking behaviour and others do not. With a better understanding it is hoped that more effective treatments can be developed.

The group have launched a simple online survey and the project is funded by UK based Science Supplements Ltd. The group want to hear from owners who have horses that headshake BUT just as importantly, from owners whose horses don't headshake. These horses will act as controls for the study.

To date the group have over 300 completed surveys from owners of horses that headshake and from over 400 that don’t. The group urgently need more surveys, especially from owners of horses that DO NOT HEADSHAKE. (Please note that at this time the survey is limited to horses in the UK)

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and can be found here: