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Sarah Upton

Sarah Upton

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Upton (née Redgate) is the Course Leader for the MSc in Equine Performance, Health and Welfare; MRes Equine Health and Welfare and MRes Equine Performance. Her teaching interests include equine nutrition, feeding behaviour, equine behaviour and equine and animal welfare issues. Dr Upton leads a number of undergraduate modules including Equine Nutrition, Nutrition for Health and Performance and contributes to Optimising Performance the MSc modules Equine Health, Equestrian Performance, Ethology and Welfare and Ethics and Consultation. She also supervises BSc and MSc student research projects.

Career overview

  • BSc (Hons) Equine Studies, Nottingham Trent University
  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Choice feeding and nutritional sense in the domestic horse (Equus caballus), University of Lincoln

Research areas

Dr Upton's research interests include the following:

  • equine nutrition
  • equine feeding behaviour
  • horse human interactions.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in the area of Equine Nutrition and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.


The effect of presenting forage in multi-layered haynets and at multiple sites on night time budgets of stabled horses. Ellis AD, Redgate S, Zinchenko S, Owen H, Barfoot C and Harris P, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 171, 108-116

Exploring Synchronicity in the Heart Rates of Familiar and Unfamiliar Pairs of Horses and Humans Undertaking an In-Hand Task. Hockenhull J, Young TJ, Redgate SE and Birke L, Anthrozoös, 2015, 28 (3), 501-511

Dietary experience modifies horses’ feeding behavior and selection patterns of three macronutrient rich diets. Redgate SE, Cooper JJ, Hall S, Eady P and Harris PA, Journal of Animal Science, 2014, 92 (4), 1524-1530

A meta-analysis of studies of treatments for feline urine spraying. Mills DS, Redgate SE and Landsberg GM, PLoS ONE, 2011, 6 (4), e18448

Feeding systems. Redgate SE in  (ed) Mills DS, The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 2009, Wallingford, CABI Publishing

Behaviour of horses. Mills DS and Redgate SE in (ed) Jenson P, The Ethology of Domestic Animals 2nd edition – An Introductory Text, 2009, 137-150, Wallingford, CABI Publishing

The effects on behaviour of the presence or absence of a familiar horse during feeding. Redgate SE and Davidson HPB in (ed) Hausberger et al, Horse Behaviour and Welfare, 2007, EAAP publication No 122, 65-70, Wageningen Academic Publishers

A preliminary study to investigate the effect of diet on the behaviour of weanling horses. Redgate SE, Ordakowski-Burk AL,  Davidson HPB, Harris PA and Kronfeld DS, International Society for Applied Ethology, August 3-7 2004, Helsinki, Finland

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Course(s) I teach on

2 - Zero Hunger Badge 3 - Good Health and Well-Being Badge 4 - Quality Education Badge 15 - Life On Land Badge