Exciting Outcomes from Horse Trust Funded Research


The Horse Trust has funded a vast amount of research through key universities, veterinary schools and the Animal Health Trust in order to establish an evidence base for best practice in caring for horses. In some cases, the research has been in collaboration with global experts at establishments the world over, in order to be able to share knowledge with expert scientists. We use the outcomes of this very important work, first and foremost, at our Home of Rest. Our everyday horse keeping will be shaped by the outcomes of this work. We then work closely with the researchers and with key organisations in the horse world to ensure that it can also be used by other charities, horse world bodies and ultimately individual horse keepers to improve the wellbeing of horses and ponies.

Helping owners manage their horses’ weight

Equine Weight Management
Managing horses’ weight so that they can be as healthy as possible can be a challenge, especially in summer. The University of Liverpool has carried out a great piece of work to develop a wide range of practical, simple hints and tips to help us all look after the weight of our horses!  >>> Read more and download the free Equine Weight Management guide.

Key points to improve biosecurity and reduce the spread of disease on horse yards


Our work with the University of Liverpool looking at how horse keepers manage biosecurity and yard health has helped us in the recent outbreaks of equine flu. We have worked with Stromsholm (the farrier equipment experts) to produce a short video and lots of resources for farrier and equine professionals about the important things to do to reduce the risks of spreading disease. >>> Watch the video 

>>> Biosecurity on the Hoof: New campaign for British farriers (blog) 



Managing horse worms in a sustainable way

In conjunction with the Moredun Research Institute, we have produced a handy worming guide which will soon be developed into an easy to use too to help horse keepers make decisions about the best way to worm their horses, and when. 

Watch a handy video guide >>> here 

Download the booklet  >>> here

Atypical myopathy and managing sycamore trees to prevent this disease

SycamoreSeedSycamore trees are relatively common in the UK. Some sycamore trees produce seeds (the “helicopters”) and seedlings which contain a toxin called Hypoglycin A. This can be extremely harmful to horses causing a condition called Atypical Myopathy which prevents energy being produced in muscle cells, and the cells then die. If the horse becomes ill enough it can suffer from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. In other words Atypical Myopathy can be fatal. Not all sycamores have high concentrations of this toxin. All of the Horse  Trust’s sycamore trees are sampled using the test developed by the Royal Veterinary College, and if they are shown to present a risk to our horses, we may consider felling them. In each case, any felling will result in that tree being replaced by another of a different species.

Would you like to have your trees tested?  >>> Send an email  


Important new blood test for encysted redworm

RedwormParasites are a major contributor to poor health and welfare, and have had an especially big impact on many of the rescue horses and ponies we have taken in. The work carried out by the Moredun Research Institute and the specialist lab Austin Davis Biologics means a big change in worm management. We can now accurately test for the redworm parasite whilst it is still in the gut wall of the horse, meaning that keepers only need to use worming products when necessary, decreasing worm resistance to available drugs and improving the health of horses. Ask your vet about the blood test.  Read the press release  >>> here
 Download our:  

                                                 >>> Guidelines 

                                                 >>> Worm control programme 

                                                 >>> Decision flow chart 

                                                 >>> Equine de-worming: a consensus on current best practice



The Animal Health Trust launches interactive website detailing up to date information on diagnoses of the disease across the UK see here

The Horse Human Relationship 

Read here a scoping review of the current literature exploring the nature of the horse-human relationship



Research Funding from The Horse Trust

To find out how to make a grant application for research funding please  >>> click here