Researchers Examining Effects of Indoor Arenas on Horse, Human Health

Researchers are asking horse owners, managers, and riders to complete a survey about air quality, conditions, arena footing, and associated health outcomes in horses and humans.

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Researchers hope to learn more about how riding in enclosed structures impact horse and rider health. | Photo: Keith Larson

While many riders dream of having an indoor arena at their disposal for warmer winter or cooler summer riding, little research has been conducted on indoor riding environments. Essentially, it’s not clear how riding in enclosed structures impact horse and rider health.

To remedy this gap, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is conducting a survey to learn more.

Master’s degree candidate Staci McGill intends to gather information on how environmental exposures and arena design impacts heat transfer, air quality, and the health of both horses and riders. The survey will be available through July 24 at

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