Have a Horse with Heaves?

Sarah Gardner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor of equine medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is looking for horses with heaves (chronic respiratory disease, COPD) as donations or that she can purchase to do drug studies. The goal of these studies is to find better drugs to help horses with heaves.

The study is a double-blind, placebo-controlled study for a novel aerosolized anti-inflammatory medication and device for treatment of heaves in horses.

Entrance Criteria:
The horse must become heavey within one week of being housed in a stall and fed hay and then become normal after one month on pasture.

When the study is completed, the horses will be maintained on pasture with a run-in shed and fed a complete pelleted feed with no hay, and occasionally they will participate in studies to investigate new drugs for the treatment of heaves. No procedures other than those used in routine veterinary practice will be performed on these horses. Gardner has no plans to sell these horses. “It will be a great life for a heavey horse, especially for one that is presently not able to be maintained on pasture without access to hay,” said Gardner. “If you are aware of any horses that might meet this criteria, please contact

Gardner has been given a budget to purchase the study animals, but donations are welcomed. Her e-mail address is Sarah_Gardner@ncsu.edu.

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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