USRider Assists Gimenez in Trailer Accident Survey

USRider has teamed up with nationally known large-animal rescue veterinarian Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, in an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses.

Through an innovative research project, USRider and Gimenez, a professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., are gathering and analyzing data about horse trailer accidents. The data will be used to formulate recommendations for preventing accidents and enhancing the safety of horses.

Gimenez began collecting data through a survey in December 2003. To date, about 100 horse owners, trainers, emergency responders, veterinarians and others who have somehow been involved in horse trailer incidents have responded. About 100 more responses are needed to ensure a representative sampling of data. To participate in the project, visit www.usrider.org to download the survey form.

The information being collected includes type of transport, type of towing vehicle, number and type of horses in transport, cause of accident, results of accident, extent of human and equine injuries, and type of personnel involved in rescue.

After thoroughly analyzing the data, Gimenez will make recommendations on safety improvements and practices for both trailer owners and manufacturers.

USRider provides roadside assistance and towing services along with other travel-related benefits to its members through the Equestrian Motor Plan. In addition to the typical flat-tire repair, battery assistance and lock-out services, the motor plan offers services designed with horse owners in mind, including towing and roadside assistance for a loaded horse trailer.

For more information about the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan, visit www.usrider.org.

 

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