The Animal Health Trust has launched a new research project, aiming to minimise the threat of equine disease.
Working in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College and University of Nottingham, the team plan to help owners protect their horses, ponies and donkeys from infectious disease through increasing awareness.
The three-year study, funded by The Horse Trust, hopes to improve the accessibility of guidelines available for horse owners to use in the control of infectious disease, as current published advice can be complicated to follow and not always practical.
The first stage of the investigation requires owners of horses, ponies and donkeys to complete a detailed questionnaire about their management practices and yard environment, as well as their own experience of infectious disease control.
All horse owners are eligible to participate, whether or not they have experience of infectious disease.
Lead researcher, veterinary surgeon Dr Caroline Hodgkinson says: “I believe owners and their horses are part of a wider equine community and therefore everyone can help to maintain equine health locally, nationally and even internationally.
“The spread of disease can occur rapidly and it is easy to be caught off guard, so we hope the results of our study can help give owners the best chance and the tools they need to be able to protect their own and other horses’ health.”
To play your part in reducing the threat of equine infectious diseases, visit: http://www.aht.org.uk/protectionthroughpartnership