Arkell Equine Research Facility

Two horses in field at Arkell Equine facility

The Arkell Equine Research Facility is the home for a herd of horses, ponies and foals. The station maintains a herd of standardbred and thoroughbred horses and will bring in ponies and breed for foals as needed. These animals are mainly used for OMAFRA-U of G approved projects.

The facility is surrounded by 57 hectares of pasture with many paddocks and shelters for housing up to 80 horses, ponies, and foals. 

On the property there are 2 large horse barns that include:

  • 3 stocks
  • 16 box stalls
  • 1 breeding shed
  • 2 isolation units

The Arkell Research Station includes equine, swine and poultry facilities.

Research areas and outcomes

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.

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