Cardiovascular and pulmonary study at US horse trials

February 27, 2010

Volunteers and vets during the study at Plantation Field. © Leslie Mintz

The second phase of an equine cardiovascular and pulmonary research study will take place at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida, over the weekend of March 5-7.

The study, run by the US Eventing Association, will be performed using the horses competing in the CIC3* division.

The preliminary phase of the cardiovascular study took place at the Plantation Field Horse Trials in October. Using extremely sophisticated GE Vivid portable scanners, all CIC3* horses had cardiac ultrasounds and lung scans following their dressage tests on Friday and nine were fitted with the Televet monitoring devices as they were being tacked up for cross-country on Saturday morning. In addition to the horses fitted with Televets in the CIC3*, all horses in each CIC division and the advanced horse trials division had ECGs at baseline and immediately post cross-country.

The Red Hills phase of the study will be organized by Dr Mark Hart and Catherine Kohn, VMD. Carol Clarke, DVM, Mary Durando, DVM and Ric Birk, DVM who all participated at the Plantation Field Study will be once again donating their time at Red Hills.

• The USEA Endowment Trust is matching every donation to the Cardiovascular Study up to $25,000.