Thoroughbred Horses

Models to predict Hendra Virus Prevalence in Flying Fox Populations

Hamish McCallum

Hendra virus is an emerging infectious disease, first detected in Queensland in 1994. It is now known that fly...

Compendium of findings from the National Hendra Virus Research Program


This compendium outlines the findings of the 20 projects under the National Hendra Virus Research Program; the collaborative effort leading to a better understanding of Hendra virus. This unders...

Longitudinal cohort study of horse owners

Melanie Taylor, Barbara Moloney, Hume Field, Nina Kung, Kate Sawford, Nicole Schembri, Anke Wiethoelter, Jenny-Ann Toribio, Navneet Dhand, Therese Wright

This report summarises the findings of a three-year mixed methods research study designed to capture factors that influence horse owner Hendra virus (HeV) risk mitigation practices.


Implementation of the national Flying-Fox monitoring program

David Westcott, Daniel Heersink, Melissa Dobbie, Kun Zhao, Phillip Sommer, Brano Kusy, Raja Jurdak, Jen Parsons, David A. Westcott, Hazel Parry, Adam McKeown, Peter Caley

In order to effectively respond to the risk of Hendra virus spillover, and to plan for the conservation of flying-foxes, it is important to understand the dynamics in their abundance a...

Project Summary - Early detection of Hendra virus infection by microRNA profiling

Cameron Stewart

Early and rapid diagnosis of Hendra virus infection in horses is important for the controlling of Hendra virus spread. Early detection of infection in other horses that may have been exposed to ...

Short term and future athletic performance of critically ill equine neonate

Jane Axon, Joan B Carrick

Equine neonatal care has improved dramatically over the last 30 years, resulting in an improvement in the veterinarian’s ability to successfully treat the critically ill equine neonate. It...

Macrocyclic Lactone Resistance on Australian Horse Farms

Anne Beasley, Glen Coleman

The principal aim of this project was to investigate the current efficacy of macrocyclic lactone drugs against eastern Australian populations of two important nematode par...

Spikes in Hendra spillover: early warning through the bat urinary metabolome

Michelle Baker, Gary Crameri, Ina Smith

In 2011 a significant increase in the spillover of Hendra virus from bats into horses occurred. In response to this increase, the New South Wales, Queensland and federal government committed fun...

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Patterns of Bacterial Isolates from Horses

Mogg Tony D

In this project both retrospective and prospective approaches were used to investigate the most common types of bacteria that cause disease in horses in Australia and the antimicrobial susceptib...

Use of the guinea pig as a laboratory model for Equine Amnionitis and Fetal Loss (EAFL)

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

Equine amnionitis and fetal loss (EAFL) is an unusual form of abortion that was first recognised in Australia in 2004 (Todhunter et al., 2009). Research carried out at The University of Queensla...

Economic Evaluation of Investment in the Horse RD&E Program

Agtrans Research

The Horse RD&E Program invests in projects targeted at the Australian horse industry and is part of the RIRDC portfolio that addresses animal industries in the rural sector. The Horse Progra...

Rhodococcus equi – Development of new vaccine candidates

C Giles, T Vanniasinkam, M Barton

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterial respiratory pathogen of horses, primarily foals less than 6 months of age. R. equi causes supperative bronchopneumonia and pyogranulomatous lesions on th...

Working towards improving diagnosis of equine inflammatory airway disease

Cristy Secombe

Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) is a common non-infectious lower airway disease of athletic horses worldwide (Couetil LL, Hoffman AM, Hodgson J, et al.). IAD is commonly linked to...

Development of Improved Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Hendra Virus Infections

Glenn Marsh

In 2011 a significant increase in the number of Hendra virus infections of horses was observed. In response to this unprecedented number of Hendra virus spill-over events, the New South Wales, Q...

Developing training programs to prevent injury in young racehorses

Lisa Kidd

Shin soreness, or dorsal metacarpal disease is a condition of pain and swelling over the dorsal aspect of the third metacarpal bone (cannon bone). It is one of the most common causes of wastage ...

Laminitis treatment by regional drug delivery to the horse's foot

Christopher C. Pollitt

Laminitis is a crippling disease of horses' feet in which the bone inside the foot detaches from its lamellar connections inside the hoof and descends downwards crushing the sensitive corium...

Targeting blood cell activation and clotting dysfunction in equine endotoxaemia

Simon Bailey

In the developed world colic is a leading cause of euthanasia in horses, making it a highly significant welfare issue and cause of financial loss to the equine industry. A reduction in the morbi...

Determining forces generated using a padded whip and impacts on the horse

Glenys Noble

Padded whips have been mandatory in Australian thoroughbred racing since August 2009, but there is no conclusive proof that they reduce pain, thus improving welfare.

The long term aim ...

Equine Research News - August 2014

Edited by RIRDC

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

Evaluation of safety vests - Health and safety in Australian racing

C.E. Foote, T.J. Gibson, P.J. McGauran

Jockey safety is of paramount importance to the Australian horse racing industry and the equipment available to jockeys must find a balance between offering effective protection and being comfor...