Free communications: Call for abstracts (poster session) & Accepted abstracts

Free communications: 8th EEHNC Call for abstracts (poster session)

Session: Abstract & Poster presentations (New Procedures and format!)
Call for abstracts
Abstracts should deal with experimental work on equine nutrition or with cases providing novel insights or hypotheses, with relevance to equine health or performance. The submission of abstracts dealing with the congress theme “From Nutrition to Disease and Back” is strongly encouraged. A call for abstracts is open until November 10, 2016.


Abstract format
To further standardise the contents and review procedure of EEHNC abstracts, the 7th EEHNC scientific committee has constructed an adjusted format for abstract submission.

The abstract should be delivered as a Word® document. Page margins should be set at 2.5 cm from the left margin, 2.5 cm from the right margin, 2.5 cm from the top and 2.5 cm from the bottom. All texts should be prepared in Times (New Roman) with font size 12. The abstract may contain a maximum of 375 words / 2000 characters (no spaces). The abstract titles should be printed in bold and with font size 14. Please, follow this example for lay-out; the abstract should include a title, authors, affiliations, hypothesis/objectives, material and methods, results, conclusions. The use of references is optional but should be kept to a minimum. The abstract must be constructed using the following subheadings:

Background: A brief explanation of why the study was performed.

Hypothesis/Objectives (research question): A statement of the principal hypothesis tested/research question addressed in the study, a brief statement of the major objectives, or both. Authors may select one preferred subheading (hypothesis or objectives)

Methods: A concise description of the number of animals used in the study. Including the breed/population from which the animals were drawn and any special animals characteristics (e.g., disease status if relevant). In case of studies not involving animals please specify technique(s)/procedure(s).  A statement of overall study design (e.g., randomized, blinded, placebo- controlled clinical trial; retrospective study) and principal interventions or methods should also be included. The statistical analysis should also be included.

Results: Concise statement of important results including numerical description of critical variables and statement of statistical significance.

Conclusions: A summary of conclusions based on results of the study and statement of nutritional and/or clinical importance of these conclusions for equine science or equine practice. The results should not be restated.

General procedures, terms and conditions

An accepted abstract in the open session, submitted before the submission deadline, earns one reduced entry fee of 50% for the congress (this is only valid for the first 10 accepted abstracts; the reduction is not valid for the congress dinner).
Please submit your abstract by sending it to:
After submissions, a notification of acceptance will be sent following a positive advice from independent referees.
All authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare a poster for the congress. In addition, a minimum of 3 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation during the congress programme. One of the selected abstracts for poster presentation will be awarded with the Free Communication award.
The author notification date is scheduled January 13, 2017 at the latest.
Please indicate upon your submission if a quick revision is appreciated for allocating institutional budget for reimbursement of costs from your funding institute. If relevant, we advise to submit your abstract prior to the submission deadline.

We encourage authors to ask a native English speaker to critically review your abstract prior to abstract submission.
Unclear writing may lead to immediate rejection of your abstract.

Poster format
Poster preparation: Authors of accepted abstracts are requested to prepare a poster for the 8th EEHNC. It is requested to follow a standardized A0 (about 84 x 1.20) poster format. The page‐layout should be Portrait.

Free Communication Award

The winner of the 8th EEHNC free communication award will receive 500 Euro.

The following abstracts have been accepted for the 8th EEHNC:
  • Prevalence of obesity in UK Mountain and Moorland Showing Classes; Brown, J.S. Williams, C. O’Connor and H. Abrahall
  • Source of selenium fed to mares affects milk and Se status of their foals; C. Leleu, G. Du Laing, J. Pincemail, PH. Pitel, C. David, F. Paboeuf and P.M. RoversPaap 
  • Nutrition-related risk factors of colic in horses; K.M. Lindroth and C.E. Müller 
  • Effects of Hydrolyzed Collagen on Equine Gastric Ulcers Scores and Gastric Juice pH; F. Andrews , P. Camacho-Luna, L. Micheau, M. Keowen, F. Garza, C. Liu, B. Lamp, J. Olijve 
  • Intestinal microbiota activity and immune response of horses supplemented with scFOS followed by vaccination; E. Apper, L. Faivre, A.G. Goachet, F. Respondek, and V. Julliand 
  • Effect of an adjusted diet on symptoms of insect bite hypersensitivity – A field study; R.S. Schippers, P.M. Rovers-Paap and J.M. Hallebeek  
  • Effects of maternal obesity during pregnancy on foals’ growth, carbohydrate metabolism, systemic inflammation and osteochondrosis until one year of age; Morgane Robles, Cédric Dubois, Luis Mendoza, Michele Dahirel, Brigitte Deliège, JeanPhilippe Lejeune, Laurence Wimel, Didier Serteyn, Anne Tarrade and Pascale Chavatte Palmer. 
  • Feeding practices amongst British endurance riders; D.J.Marlin 
  • An online investigation into the use of turmeric in horses and the perception of efficacy and side effects by horse owner; D.J.Marlin, B. Nielsen and C.Williams 
  • Endotoxins a threat to equine health - Evaluation of counteracting strategies tested in an in vitro binding assay as well as an in vitro model with murine macrophages; N. Reisinger, S. Schaumberger, E. Mayer and G. Schatzmayr 
  • Determination of the endotoxin activity with the limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) assay in equine colostrum samples; N. Reisinger, C. Emsenhuber, M. Luttmann, S. Schaumberger and G. Schatzmayr 
  • An Evaluation of Inflammatory and Oxidative Markers Following Intense Exercise in Horses: A Pilot Study; J. MacNicol, M. Lindinger and W. Pearson 
  • Yeast increases in vitro gas production of high fibre substrate when incubated with an equine faecal inoculum; A. Garber, P.M. Hastie, V. Farci and J.M.D. Murray 
  • The effect of Fibre-Beet on gastric pH investigated using an in vitro model for horses; V.Farci, A.Garber, P. Hastie, J.M.D. Murray 
  • Blood serum retinol levels in Asinara white donkeys reflect albinism-induced metabolic adaptation to photoperiod at Mediterranean latitudes; M. G. Cappai, M.G.A. Lunesu, F. Accioni, M. Liscia, M. Pusceddu, C. Dimauro, M. Nieddu, L. Burrai, G. Boatto, W. Pinna 
  • Exploring relationships between body condition score, % body fat, and articular inflammatory biomarkers: are fat horses at risk for joint disease?; W. Pearson, K. Wood, S. Stanley and J. MacNicol 
  • Acute effects of a single-dose nutritional product on stress response and task completion in horses.
  • W. Pearson and J. MacNicol 
  • Owner reported perception of the efficacy of equine calmers commercially available in the UK; D.J.Marlin 
  • Domesticated equines have fundamental differences in their faecal microbial concentrations; J.E. Edwards, P. van den Berg, F. Burden, D.A. van Doorn, W.F. Pellikaan, J. Dijkstra, H. Everts and H. Smidt 
The following abstracts have also been invited for an oral presentation at the 8th EEHNC: 
  • Effects of maternal obesity during pregnancy on foals’ growth, carbohydrate metabolism, systemic inflammation and osteochondrosis until one year of age
  • Exploring relationships between body condition score, % body fat, and articular inflammatory biomarkers: are fat horses at risk for joint disease?
  • Domesticated equines have fundamental differences in their faecal microbial concentrations