A website that aims to make academic research more available and accessible to horse owners has been launched across the UK.
The Thoroughbred Health Network, a website co-funded by The Racing Foundation and the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, aims to translate academic research into easy-to-read summaries.
The website was initially started as a pilot project focussing on racehorse health in Scotland and northern England, but it has since grown in popularity and is now expanding to include the wider equestrian community throughout the UK.
It's hoped that the site will be able to establish a network of owners, trainers, riders and vets who can access the site and learn about the latest research in equine health.
Speaking at the National Equine Forum last week, Dr Tim Parkin, the lead collaborator of the Thoroughbred Health Network, said that he hopes the website will provide a link between scientists and horse owners.
“The aim of the project is to take inaccessible information and transform it into useable, bitesize chunks that users can understand to help improve the welfare of their horse.
“There’s a lot of information out there but we hope to translate all available research into helpful tips for our users.”
To find out more go to www.thoroughbredhealthnetwork.co.uk