Current Research at the Arkell Equine Research Facility

The following is a list of current projects at the Arkell Equine Research Facility. The Arkell equine herd is primarily used for reproductive, respiratory and locomotion/performance studies. The majority of the equine research studies are conducted at on-campus facilities at the University of Guelph, and the Arkell equine facility is largely a ‘housing’ facility.

These research summaries are a new initiative started in 2020 committed to increasing awareness of the projects being undertaken at the Research Centres. This is not an exhaustive list, but a snapshot of ongoing projects. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property. 

Research Centres are a key part of the research process. While a portion of a project may be completed at a research centre, further analysis can occur after projects have left the facility. The projects listed here are those that are currently underway of have recently completed the research centre portion of the project. 

If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email

Update regarding COVID-19

The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.

Current research studies

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Research summary
Objective To better characterize and understand the timing of changes in the lung epithelium (the lining tissue of airway passages) in horses with asthma. Subsequently, to identify preventative measures for the disease, as well as a suitable treatment.
Benefit to Agri-food Asthma, or heaves, is a common condition for horses in Ontario that are housed indoors for the winter and exposed to high levels of dust and/or mould. Heaves will eventually lead to serious health impairment and death. A better understanding of this condition could help to identify preventative measures and treatments, leading to overall better health and well-being for Ontario horses that must be housed indoors for a period of the year.