Horse care


  • Care and feeding of horses
  • Testing bedding material inc. ammonia emissions
  • Fodder production, fodder conservation and pasture management
  • Health prophylaxis in horse care
  • Measures to protect from vectors,  effectiveness tests on insect repellents
  • Economic and sociological aspects of horse-breeding, equestrian sports and horse care
  • (Agri-)tourism 


Dr Conny Herholz, Priv.-Doz.,Team Leader, Lecturer in Equestrian Science

Prof. Dr Beat Reidy, Lecturer in Ruminant and forage production systems 

Jeanne Häring, Research Scientist

Franziska KägiAssistant

Andreas Scheurer, Research Scientist


Current Projects

Pasture management for horse pastures 

To ensure a long-lasting pasture system for horses, the horse keeper needs to practise prudent pasture management. This includes the regular collection of horse droppings for pasture hygiene and the prevention of parasite infestations. Using a written survey, the research team are investigating both the practice of pasture care and the attitude of horse keepers to it. The results are feeding into the development of technical devices for pasture care to enable efficient and effective horse pasture management and sustainable health care.


Efficacy study of horse fly repellents 

Within the framework of a new EU regulation, all repellents must in future be tested for their efficacy on animals. Together with the Federal Office of Public Health and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, HAFL researchers are testing horse fly repellents. By analysing videos of treated and untreated horses, the researchers are investigating the efficacy of the repellents and testing the duration of action specified for each product. The researchers are also investigating horse-fly infestation in horses and the type of horse fly involved in various regions of Switzerland. 

Project management: Conny Herholz

Field study on «EQ Bedding» product testing

EQ Bedding is a newly developed and patented type of pelleted bedding made from softwood. It is made from 100% natural materials and is a full-lifecycle product. It eliminates the ammonia contained in urine, resulting in lasting odour prevention. This bedding remains in the horse’s stall for approximately 40 days. After an additional eight weeks approximately it has turned into compost. On two different horse farms HAFL researchers are testing the practical aspects and suitability of the product as well as potential impacts on equine health and behaviour while housed. 

Project management: Conny Herholz


Completed Projects



PD Dr. med. vet. Conny Herholz


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