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Performance horse management survey invites participants

By Pat Bailey on November 20, 2014 in

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. The anonymous, online survey 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.

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. More information about the center.

Media contact(s)

Pat Bailey, Research news (emphasis: agricultural and nutritional sciences, and veterinary medicine), 530-219-9640,

Claudia Sonder, Center for Equine Health, (530) 752-6433,

Barbara Meierhenry, Center for Equine Health, (530) 752-4434,

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