Eventing horses to be monitored for cardio study

March 5, 2011

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Horses at Florida's Red Hills International Horse Trials next week will be monitored as part of the US Eventing Association's Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study.

Volunteers and vets during the study at Plantation Field. © Leslie Mintz
It is the second year that Red Hills, in Tallahassee, has been part of the study. This year's event takes place from March 10 to 13.

The preliminary phase of the Cardiovascular Study took place at the Plantation Field Horse Trials in October 2009 and other studies have taken place at Fair Hill International and Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 2010.

At the first study at Plantation Field, all CIC3* horses had cardiac ultrasounds and lung scans using sophisticated GE Vivid portable scanners following their dressage tests and nine were fitted with the Televet monitoring devices as they were being tacked up for cross-country.

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.

Those wishing to support the USEA Cardiovascular Study can donate online.