AHSA And MSPCA Launch Transportation Guidelines

The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) and the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Nevins Farm & Equine Centre have published an important new book, Guidelines for Horse Transport by Road & Air.

These guidelines were developed by participants in the First Workshop on Transport of Horses, held in March 1999 and sponsored by the Nevins Farm & Equine Centre. The book was compiled and edited by Catherine W. Kohn, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, and it features contributions by distinguished veterinary scientists; A. Kent Allen, Raymond J. Geor, Melissa T. Hines, Leo B. Jeffcott, James H. Jones, D.P. Leadon, L. Jill McCutcheon, Masa-aki Oikawa and N. Edward Robinson.

AHSA Assistant Secretary General, Sherry Frank commented, "Professor Leo Jeffcott, Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee, presented the book to the FEI General Assembly on April 14 in Mainz, Germany, noting that the data will be updated and republished from time to time as new research develops more information. This study has produced valuable information for anyone who transports their horse for any purpose."

Horse owners, veterinarians and industry professionals will benefit from research outlined in the book that covers all aspects of equine transportation. Topics include both road and air transport and the management of horses before, during and after transport as well as comprehensive reviews on the physiological responses of horses to road and air transport, the effects of transports on the respiratory and the immune systems and the effects on exercise performance of equine athletes.

The concept for the book also came out of advance preparations for transporting horses to the Olympic Games in Sydney later this year. “Just as the AHSA suggested study on the impact of heat and humidity was a breakthrough in assuring the well-being of horses competing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, this study provides invaluable guidelines for transporting horses about to undergo transport to Australia,” noted Joseph Silva, director of the MSPCA Nevins Farm & Equine Centre, which has provided sport horse ambulance service to major domestic and international competitions.

Guidelines for Horse Transport by Road & Air is available at $14.95 plus shipping and handling from the AHSA, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511-8483. Orders can be faxed to 859/231-6662.

For further information and to receive a preview copy, please contact, Christine E. Stafford, AHSA Director of Communications, on 859/225 6923 or e-mail cstafford@ahsa.org.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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