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Technology brings breakthrough in sarcoid treatment
RESEARCHERS are celebrating a breakthrough in equine sarcoid treatment using gene silencing technology. 
A project funded by equine charity The Horse Trust has succeeded in killing equine sarcoid cells in vitro, by silencing a gene in the virus that causes sarcoids.  
They are now hoping to obtain funding for clinical trials using the new technique, which could results in a more effective, non-toxic treatment.

New drug testing procedures planned
NEW equine drug testing procedures are being planned for the UK for 2010.  
The British Horseracing Authority will be modernising its equine drug testing procedures this year following a review.  
Currently all tests are carried out after races, but this will change, making the process less predictable - while post-race testing will continue, some tests will also be taken pre-race and some will be taken in training.

Charity survey reveals welfare concern at yards
WELFARE concerns at livery yards around the country have been exposed by a pioneering survey carried out by an equine charity.  
World Horse Welfare have revealed an alarming number of serious concerns reported by the public - including 13 per cent who said there had been injuries at their livery yard in the past 12 months.  
Ten per cent reported no access to fresh water in grazing or turnout areas, 21 per cent recorded problems with poisonous plants including ragwort and at least 20 per cent reported physical dangers in grazing or turnout areas.

Trust putting ponies to work on moorland
DARTMOOR ponies are being put to work to help conserve the moorland where they live.  
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust at Bellever runs a herd of 26 ponies, all owned by local farmers, who graze the site until they reach a saleable age of around four years.  
During this time they browse for up to eighteen hours a day, trampling the rank grasses and creating room and light for more sensitive plants to establish.
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