Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida will be the host site for the USEA Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study over the weekend of March 5-7. The study 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 rides 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 generously donating their time at Red Hills.
The USEA is so grateful to Red Hills and its organizers, Jane H. Barron, Terrie Brooks, and Marvin Mayer, for the use of the facilities and their cooperation in organizing the study.