Claire O´Brien

Claire O´Brien
University of Limerick | UL

MRes, PgDip, BSc (Hons), FHEA
My PhD with Aberystwyth University is focusing on equine cognition and behaviour


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My current area of research is focusing on equine cognition and behaviour with the aim of establishing an operational definition of equine depression. This research aims to establish physiological, behavioural and cognitive biomarkers for depressive states in horses, and ascertain how environmental factors may compromise equine welfare as a result.
January 2021 - January 2026
Aberystwyth University
Field of study
  • Equine cognition and behaviour
September 2017 - September 2019
University of Portsmouth
Field of study
  • MRes Biological Sciences
September 2011 - July 2012
Aberystwyth University
Field of study
  • PgDip Equine Science


Publications (5)
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This observational study aimed to elucidate the effects of RWST on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of horses and concurrently determine whether RWST limits distal limb temperature increases previously reported during gallop training on land. A group of 15 clinically sound international event horses were recruited, and heart rate (HR)...
The forelimb superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is an energy‐storing tendon that is highly susceptible to injury during activities such as galloping and jumping, such that it is one of the most commonly reported causes of lameness in the performance horse. This review outlines the biomechanical and biothermal effects of strain on the SDFT and...
A new distance learning Master of Science (MSc) degree in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law was established in 2016 within the Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester, UK. Our program recruited students worldwide, with enrollments increasing dramatically since its inception in 2016. However, despite rapid growth, our MSc has...


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Project (1)
This project will aim to investigate the possible physiological effects of Ridden Water Submersion Training (RWST) in comparison to land-based condition programmes in international event horses.