To: All Competitors attending the 2016 Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials October 29-30, 2016
From: The USEA Research Team
The USEA is committed to advancing event horse welfare through scientific investigation. The USEA Research Team will be working at the 2016 Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials and we are seeking volunteers to participate in our project.
We are focusing our efforts on documenting how the hearts of healthy event horses respond to the cross country test. Horses with a normal heart rhythm at rest may experience an irregular heart rhythm during intense exercise. Conversely, some horses may have an irregular heart rhythm at rest that disappears during exercise.
We have designed 2 specialized devices that allow us to secure monitoring instruments to your horse so that data acquisition is maximized while not interfering with you or your horse during the cross country test. Should you decide to volunteer, we will place one of these devices on your horse at a time agreed upon with you, prior to your cross country ride. The procedure is painless and non invasive. We will also ask each participant to fill out a brief questionnaire about his/her horse’s health and competition history. All information is confidential and results will be reported as aggregate data.
We cannot acquire this information without the help of riders and their horses. To ask questions or register in advance, please contact Catherine Kohn by email before October 28 (email@example.com). You may also volunteer when you arrive at the event. A member of the Research Team will be on the grounds from Thursday afternoon, October 27, onwards, and competition management will be able to direct you to our location.
Thank you for considering participation in this study.
Catherine W Kohn VMD DACVIM
For the USEA Research Team