Current Research at the Ontario Equine Research Facility

The following is a list of current projects at the Ontario 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 Station is largely a ‘housing’ facility.

Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property. 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.