Electrical Stimulation to Improve Horse Leg Stability

Rochelle L. Nicholls

Lameness and orthopaedic injuries are a significant source of wastage within the horse industry, accounting for up to 68 % of lost training time. Injuries to the carpal joint in the forelimb,...

Using Alfaxalone as an Anaesthetic in Horses: Potential for improved safety for horses and handlers

Helen Keates, Ian Shiels, Martin Pearson, Kirby Pasloske, Wendy Goodwin

Anaesthesia in horses is inherently risky because of their anatomical and physiological makeup. In addition, horses by nature tend to panic if frightened, leading to injuries. Deaths and inju...

Soft Palate Disease in Horses: Tracheal stethoscopy as a diagnostic and evaluation tool

R.A. Curtis, S. Jones

Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) is a commonly occurring obstructive upper respiratory disease of horses. It causes a temporary respiratory airflow restriction during intense exe...

Stimulating Muscle Activity to Reduce 'Roaring' in Horses

Eleanor J. Mackie, Catherine Steel, Charles N. Pagel

There is an urgent need for a safe and effective treatment for recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) or ‘roaring’ in performance horses. Laryngeal reinnervation is promising in tha...

Research in Progress - Horse 2010-11


The Horse Program Completed Projects 2010–2011 and Research in Progress at June 2011 contains short summaries of continuing projects as well as those that were completed during 2010&nda...

Horse RD&E Plan 2011 – 2016


The RIRDC Horse Research, Development and Extension Program is one of RIRDC’s longest running programs. The Program has provided more than $11 million into over 200 projects since it be...

Equine News July 2011


The RIRDC equine research news is the official newsletter of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation Horse R&D Program.

Heart Disease in Australian Horses: The role of troponin levels in identifying heart muscle disease

L.C . Fennell, G.A. Anderson, K.W. Hinchcliff, C.J. Savage

Heart disease is an important cause of poor performance and death in horses. This RIRDC research develops a quick and simple method for identification of heart muscle disease in horses. Impro...

Diarrhoeal Disease in Horses in Australia: The possible role of Clostridium difficile

Sara Thean, Briony Elliott, Thomas V Riley

Clostridium difficile is a known disease-causing agent in humans. In the last 20 years, C. difficile has become accepted as an enteric pathogen in horses, particularly in Eu...

Health and Safety in Australian Horse Racing

C. Foote, A. McIntosh, P. V'Landys, K. Bulloch

This RIRDC report describes risk factors associated with injuries to jockeys involved in Thoroughbred racing and evaluates currently available safety equipment and standards. 

Skeletal Development in Foals: Pathophysiological Mechanisms in Equine Osteochondrosis

Eleanor J Mackie, Charles N Pagel, Michiko Mirams

Osteochondrosis is a significant developmental disorder which affects the joints of young growing animals, including horses. The causes of the disorder are poorly understood. Although it is l...

Equine News March 2011


The RIRDC equine research news is the official newsletter of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation Horse R&D Program.

Evaluation of Options for a Horse R&D Levy

Greg Martin

This RIRDC report focuses on the issues and possible options for the Australian horse industry to collectively fund Research, Development & Extension (R,D&E). Currently segments of th...

Economic Evaluation of Investment in the Horse R, D&E Program

Peter Chudleigh, Sarah Simpson

This RIRDC report presents the results of economic analyses of three clusters of investments within the Horse R,D&E Program.
The projects evaluated demonstrated a wide range of pr...

Detection of Snake Venom in Horse Urine and Plasma: Validation of the snake venom detection kit in horses

Sally Church, Grace Forbes

Veterinarians and horse owners in Australia are sometimes confronted with horses that have clinical signs suggestive of snake bite, but the diagnosis is rarely confirmed. A snake venom detect...

Equine News November 2010


The RIRDC equine research news is the official newsletter of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation Horse R&D Program.

Histopathology of Mares Aborting Due to Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss

K.H. Todhunter, A.J. Cawdell-Smith

The processionary caterpillar (Ochrogaster lunifer) has been demonstrated to cause Equine Amnionitis and Foetal Loss (EAFL). This syndrome occurred in 2004 with increased abortions on various...

The Synchronisation of Oestrus and Ovulation in the Mare: Current knowledge, future direction and a practical regimen

S.T. Norman, J.E. Larsen

The synchronisation and scheduling of oestrus and ovulation is a management tool that is useful at all levels of equine reproductive management. Improving synchrony regimens will aid the effi...

Placentitis: A major cause of late term foetal loss

Joan Barbara Carrick

Placentitis or inflammation of the placenta is most often caused by infection. Placentitis and placental abnormalities are a major cause of reproductive loss, which costs the equine industry ...

Development of Genomic Tools to Predict the Occurrence of Osteochondrosis in Australian Thoroughbreds

Kao Castle, Leo B. Jeffcot, Herman W. Raadsma, Imke Tammen, Frank W. Nicholas

Osteochondrosis (OC) is an important developmental orthopaedic disease that affects Thoroughbred horses around the world. It is widely accepted that both genetic and non-genetic factors contr...