UC Davis Vet School Performance Horse Survey Needs Your Input

Equestrian sport health trends and statistics will emerge from your data
Credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis  The Center for Equine Health at UC Davis is conducting a study to help identify links between performance horse management practices and musculoskeletal health, injury and performance. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

Do you have ten minutes to spare over the long holiday weekend? Maybe you’re on an airplane or a train, or relaxing at home.

The Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis, is seeking input from horse owners, trainers, riders and veterinarians for an online survey regarding the management practices of all performance horse disciplines.

Claudia Sonder, a veterinarian and director of the Center for Equine Health, is conducting a study to help identify links between performance horse management practices and musculoskeletal health, injury and performance. 

Click here to access the anonymous, online survey; it should take about 10 minutes to complete.

“Once we identify trends in management practices and correlate them with health, injury and performance, we will target research to fill gaps in knowledge and establish science-based recommendations for equine athletes,” Sonder said.

“The resulting research findings will help prevent injury and increase safety for equine athletes, thus benefiting horses, owners and the industry,” she added.

Here on The Jurga Report, I often refer you to horse health surveys, but they are often based in Europe and Australia, where universities seems much more motivated to collect caregiver data on health-related subjects. While surveys are still labor-intensive undertakings, the Internet and related software is making it easier to take the surveys to the respondents.

That said, their success is still related to the size of the database collected by the survey. Let’s help American universities and horse health organization collect data on our horses and our health issues. Please click the link, here it is again:

UC Davis Center for Equine Health’s online performance horse survey. Thanks!

The Center for Equine Health is a center of excellence within the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. More than 100 equine specialists from the veterinary school and the animal science department at UC Davis are involved in research studies funded in whole or in part by the center.




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