Equine Veterinary Research Projects

The goal of HBLB’s veterinary research funding is to support scientifically robust research projects which will benefit the health and well-being of horses, particularly the Thoroughbred during racing, breeding and rearing, minimise the impact and improve the clinical management of disease and injury in all age groups and prevent injury and disease in racehorses.

The review process is informed by the priorities of key industry stakeholders and applications are assessed on their scientific merit, relevance to the Thoroughbred and the likely impact of the project on Thoroughbred racing, breeding and/or rearing.

Projects may address any aspect of equine basic, clinical or translational veterinary sciences aimed at the sub-cellular, cellular, tissue, whole animal and/or population levels. There are no restrictions on the specific scientific disciplines or technologies that are eligible for funding providing they are valid and pertinent. A multidisciplinary approach is often attractive. Projects should address a clearly defined hypothesis with specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely objectives. 

HBLB publishes a comprehensive statement of the scope of HBLB's veterinary research interests. HBLB’s strategic research priorities are:

  • Improved Methods of Preventing Current and Emerging Infectious Equine Diseases by the Development of More Effective Vaccines, Diagnostic Tools, Biosecurity and Management Strategies
     
  • Increased Safety, Health and Well-being of Racehorses through the Development of Better Training Environment, Stable and Racecourse Design and Surfaces, Riding Strategies, Management and Husbandry, Tack and Equipment
     
  • Prevention or Minimisation of Musculoskeletal Disease and Injury in Thoroughbreds through Advanced  Identification and Management
     
  • Enhanced Reproductive Efficiency, Health and Well-being of the Breeding Thoroughbred and Youngstock 

Since 1963, HBLB has supported over 470 individual research projects. In the last 10 years, over £19 million has been invested by the HBLB and third parties in research projects, primarily for the benefit of the racing, breeding and rearing of the Thoroughbred, but which often benefit other equines as well. The veterinary funding has been distributed to a wide variety of research areas:

For further information on all HBLB-funded research, go to racehorsehealth.hblb.org.uk.

Last Updated: 17 May 2016