New study to identify risks of transporting horses

16 July 2015

A new study into horse transportation issues and practices in Australia has been announced.

As part of her PhD on the topic of equine transportation, Barbara Paladino and her supervisors (Dr Gary Muscatello, Dr Pietro Celi, Professor Sharanne Raidal and Professor Leo Jeffcott) are distributing a survey to collect data on horse transportation practices and transport-related illnesses in Australia.

Most of the existing research on equine transportation has been conducted in countries outside of Australia and Barbara believes that the problems arising in Australia could be different to those in Europe.

Australian horse owners, trainers, breeders and organisations are invited to complete an online, 10-minute survey if they have transported horses within the past two years.

“We are particularly interested in any diseases that have occurred to your horses in order to document and investigate underlying potential reasons behind these events. The aim of the study is to gather data to identify transportation risk factors, and therefore potentially make horse transportation safer and less stressful. To achieve this, we need the ‘real world’ input of Australian equine industry members,” she said.

The survey can be accessed at