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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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Researchers from the University of Bern, in Switzerland, and Texas A&M University, in College Station, are asking more horse owners, trainers, riders, and veterinarians to participated in a study on collapse and sudden death in horses. But the team is opening surveys up  for a few more weeks.

“The questionnaires will remain online for a few more weeks,”  said researcher Cris Navas, MS, PhD, LV, Dipl. ACVIM, a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M. “If you have ridden, trained, or treated a horse that collapsed or died during or near exercise your input is very valuable. You can help us find information to design strategies to prevent these episodes by filling in the questionnaires.”

The team has set up two online surveys, one for horse owners, trainers, and riders and one for veterinarians.

The researchers hope to design strategies to prevent these episodes with the information they collect.

Navas said the names of people and horses will remain confidential, and participants can remain anonymous if they choose. The team’s goal is to have one questionnaire per case/horse. The team also noted that, depending on the participant’s preference, they will email the questions or ask them over the phone.

Interested individuals can contact Navas at with questions or for additional information.


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