The Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences was endowed in 1988 by Mr. and Mrs. William Harder in honor of their highly regarded Thoroughbred stallion, “Island Whirl.” The activities of the laboratory are directed at expanding our knowledge concerning the normal function of the equine gastrointestinal tract and ways in which we can better treat and prevent colic.
Equine research at UF is conducted under strict federal and university regulations to ensure the most humane care and welfare of all of our horses. Many of our horses live here for several years and participate in non-invasive studies before they are adopted out or sold to loving homes. All of our horses are maintained on a routine preventative health care program and live on pastures with ample shelter. We sincerely appreciate the essential role of our horses and they are provided exceptional attention and care by all of our staff.
Equine research is critical for new advances in diagnosis and treatment of diseases that can affect horses, as well as other animals and sometimes even people. When you support the University of Florida’s Equine Research Programs, you are a contributor to the health and wellness of the horse.