In this month's Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Vet Chat series Grayson sits down with Dr. Molly McCue and Dr. Sian Durward-Akhurst from the University of Minnesota. They are working on the project, “Predicting Exercising Arrhythmias with Resting Electrocardiograms. This project is supported by the USEA's Equine Medical Research Fund.
The webinar will take place via Zoom on Thursday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
About the Study
Irregular heart rhythms are an important cause of sudden death (SCD) in horses. Most horses that develop irregular rhythms cannot be detected using our standard diagnostic tools as electrocardiograms (ECGs) at rest appear visually normal and no structural abnormalities can be identified on cardiac ultrasound. Human athletes that develop irregular rhythms that are known to cause SCD can be identified at rest using computational ECG analysis, even when the ECGs appear normal on initial visual inspection. These individuals can then be regularly monitored during their athletic careers, allowing for retirement from high intensity exercise before the development of a potentially fatal rhythm. A simple to perform test to identify horses at increased risk of developing irregular rhythms that can cause SCD would allow for increased monitoring of these horses to reduce their risk of SCD.
Click here to join the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation on Thursday, February 10th at 3:00 p.m. EST, to learn how the important work Dr. McCue and Dr. Durward-Akhurst are doing to keep your sport horse safe!
Attention USEA members! Registration for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is now open! The convention will be held in person on December 7-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce the selected Young Rider athletes for the Emerging Athletes 21 Program (EA21) national camp, now that the EA21 regional clinics have concluded. Twelve riders were accepted into each of the five regional EA21 clinics, taught by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) instructors, and now riders have been selected from the regional clinics to participate in the inaugural EA21 national camp this winter.
Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.
Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.