New research into common illnesses affecting shire horses has been made possible thanks to a donation by members of the Shire horse world.
The University of Liverpool’s Leahurst Equine Hospital in Neston will be conducting a health survey about shire horses with their owners – after it received a £1,000 donation from members of the North West and Wales Shire Foal Society, which is affiliated to the Shire Horse Society.
Jean Pleavin Edge, of the North West and Wales Shire Foal Society, said: “We are delighted to be able to donate this money to the Leahurst Equine Hospital.
“We are even more thrilled that it will be put towards researching common conditions such as sweet itch, an allergy which causes misery to shire horses and their owners each year.”
This research will provide evidence-based information about how common certain health conditions are in shire horses and about the areas that owners of shire horses want veterinary researchers to focus their efforts on in the future in order to maximise the health and welfare of these horses.
Dr Debbie Archer, of the Leahurst Equine Hospital, said: “Our speciality is in research, so donations like this make it possible to use our expertise to help benefit equine health wherever we can, whether we are looking at thoroughbreds, shire horses or an overweight shetland pony, that is what we are here to do.”
The cheque was presented to the staff at the hospital during a short presentation.