Sunday, July 26, 2020

Study into pasture-associated laminitis in native-breed ponies

Horse and pony owners in the north east of Scotland are asked to help research into pasture-associated laminitis (PAL).

A researcher at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is urging owners of native-breed ponies across the north east of Scotland to complete an online questionnaire about the way they manage their ponies.

It is hoped the research will help to establish suitable management strategies to reduce the occurrence of PAL. This would provide valuable information for vets and owners and could greatly improve the welfare of horses and ponies.

PhD student Ashley Ward has already gathered some responses. She comments: “Results from the survey so far have highlighted region-specific management practices that owners employ to manage their ponies. Such findings could inform laminitis management in the future.”

“Unsurprisingly, the Scottish weather also appears to have a strong influence over how we manage our ponies.”

The research is the result of collaboration between SRUC, WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute and Aberdeen University’s Rowett Institute. It is supported by the Roland Sutton Trust and World Horse Welfare.

Ashley is looking for the owners of Northern European native-breed ponies aged four years and over, with no previous diagnosis of PPID (equine Cushing’s disease), to take part in the study.

You can complete the online survey at:

If you would like more information, please contact Ashley on email: or telephone: 01224 711026.

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