Study highlights need for industry-approved headcollar safety standards

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Standardised guidance for fitting and usage is required given the concerning risk of headcollar-related injuries for both horses and handlers. 

Industry standards are needed urgently for the fit and use of headcollar and headcollar safety devices, according to a new research study, which found a considerable variation in the force at which safety headcollars and safety devices opened, and conventional headcollars failed when tested.

The study, titled, 'Opening forces or failure of commercially available equine headcollars and . . .

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Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.