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New campaign asks horse owners to help researchers improve care of wounds

Researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science have teamed up with an equine charity, the British Horse Society, and are asking horse owners to help them improve the management of skin and flesh wounds that are a common type of emergency in horses.

Horse owners are being encouraged to take part in the new project, the ‘equine wound project,’ that was launched online on Monday 1st October 2018.

Owners are being asked to share information such as images, assessments, treatment processes, and the healing outcome.

Currently, there are no clear guidelines available for owners about which types of wounds need to be treated by a vet, how long they take to heal and when or if the horse will return to normal work, therefore, it’s difficult for owners to make the correct decisions on what to do.

The shared information from horse owners will be analysed by researchers and new, accessible and educational resources will be produced. This will help horse owners recognise the differences in wounds and make informed decisions about the care that is suitable for their horse.

Professor Gary England, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, and one of the research project supervisors said: “The University and the British Horse Society have had a very successful previous collaboration through the REACT colic campaign. We are delighted to be working together again on this new initiative, working closely with horse owners to gather new evidence on wounds and wound healing in the horse, which we plan to use to develop similar high-quality educational resources.”

Emmeline Hannelly, BHS Welfare Education Manager said: “We are very pleased to support the University of Nottingham with this new research project. We understand it can be an anxious time for horse owners when their horse is injured, and we want to hear from them no matter how small the wound may be. Owners sometimes have to deal with extremely variable wounds, and decisions about how to treat and what to apply to the wound can be worrying, as some treatments may be detrimental to healing.”