It is well-known transporting horses carries a significant risk - not just of injury, but also disease, such as colic and respiratory problems. Studies have shown transport is stressful, but does the level of stress experienced by the individual horse predict the development of health-related diseases, like pneumonia?
As an equine veterinarian, rider, driver and Standardbred breeder, Dr Barbara Padalino has first-hand experience and a special interest in transport-related problems. She began researching on this topic in 2011 and completed a PhD on horse transportation with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney last year. Today, her work in this field is ongoing.