Horse SA is involved in research in different ways, with research outcomes integrated into day to day programs and education

The Future of Horse Related Research in Australia (RIRDC -AHIC project, managed by HorseSA)
Views on equine-related research in Australia from the Australian equestrian community: Perceived outputs and benefits
Issues faced by horse owners in Australia: Implications for vet-client communication
The Future of Horse Research in Australia report

Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)
Environmental Management on Horse Properties
Climate Change (Future proof your horse)

Funded via Horse SA Australian Horse Industry Research Fund (now closed)
Horse Injury during Non-Commercial Transport: Findings from Researcher-Assisted Intercept Surveys at Southeastern Australian Equestrian Events


Commissioned by HorseSA
Inroads into Equestrian Safety: Rider-Reported Factors Contributing to Horse-Related Accidents and Near Misses on Australian Roads

Support for research in progress e.g. survey promotion, provide illustrations including:
The challenges of managing animals and their owners in disasters: Perspectives of Australian response organisations and stakeholders
What’s the Big Deal? Responder Experiences of Large Animal Rescue in Australia
Reconciling Horse Welfare, Worker Safety, and Public Expectations: Horse Event Incident Management Systems in Australia
Over-riding concerns: Developing safe relations in the high-risk interspecies sport of eventing


POSSIBLE FUTURE RESEARCH (for any research organisation)

Identified future research needs:

  • State Recreational Horse Trail Plan
  • Dung beetle species roles with soil improvement and equine parasite cycle control as it relates to horses
  • Pasture weed toxicity lists: Review & Update
  • Trees: toxicity status and/or browse benefits
  • Point of origin technologies for hay/feeds (traceability/ food miles/support nutrition knowledge base)
  • Locomotion as it relates to pasture management programs, housing design, health impacts
  • Low rainfall pastures
  • Climate change: Develop guide for industry sectors, contextualise in order to attract future business investment
  • Contemporary management of confined & (‘monoculture’) small area horse keeping
  • Ethology: Enrichment, socialisation, foraging, browsing etc. options, towards an industry-led code/ library
  • Evidence-based stereotype behaviour management programs for trainers to utilise
  • Evidence-based programs to support time-bound transitions to non-racing careers
  • Evidence-based public library: Saddlery, equipment
  • Equine learning theory applications in different training environments
  • Transport design and travel practices: horses + people e.g. driver fatigue
  • Tool to support euthanasia decision-making (owners)
  • Establish a case for horses in WHS, to be recognised as other than as plant & machinery (+ reduce business costs)
  • How to share practices? What is there to learn from other (animal) industries? How are safety innovations currently shared? How can information be warehoused to access? How to recognise and reward safety culture?
  • Injury & near miss data analysis of all industry persons to identify key areas for injury management focus
  • Establish improved ways to reporting and to access data and near misses e.g. App
  • Zoonosis, fatigue, mental health for high risk groups
  • Mapping the NSW Code of Practice for different  industry sectors, to determine gaps in knowledge, information or practices
  • Evaluate industry Standard Operating Procedures in WHS frame

More topics coming soon

The Thoroughbred Research & Development Panel held a forum in Sydney on 29 Nov 2017.  Read more here