Researchers seek help with new project

  • Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University are looking for competition horses to take part in a research programme, which aims to create a non-invasive 3D thermal imaging technique to detect the earliest signs of inflammation long before the onset of any external symptoms.

    The team plans to work in conjunction with Liverpool and Glasgow veterinary schools to track the recovery of clinical cases, but is also looking for fit and healthy sports horses to take part in the research.

    They are particular interested in hearing from professional yards specialising in eventing, show jumping, racing (flat and NH), polo, dressage and hunting, as well as police and endurance horses.

    “At the moment we are applying for funding for this project, which will only go ahead if we gain sufficient support from professional riders and trainers to make the fieldwork successful”, explains Dr Jenny Sneddon, who heads the research team.

    The research has already received support from some top names, including racehorse trainer Mark Johnston, who has agreed to provide 200 flat horses for the fieldwork.

    “This research could be instrumental in the future welfare of competition horses by enabling owners to detect the earliest signs of inflammation before a horse’s training, or competition plans are affected,” says Jenny.

    Horses taking part in the research will need to be scanned twice a year during the next three to four years. The scanning process is expected to take around half a day, depending on the number of horses, including setting up the equipment.

    If you would like to support this project please contact Dr Jenny Sneddon (tel: 0151 231 2191) or e-mail: besjsned@livjm.ac.uk

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