United States Equestrian Federation’s Equine Health Research Fund

One of the steadfast goals of USA Equestrian Trust is to foster a better future for equestrian sport, and nowhere is that more evident than the organization’s strong commitment to scientific research.
The Trust is the primary funding source of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Equine Health Research Fund, which considers a variety of proposals annually from the top equine scientists in the nation. The Equine Health Research Fund’s leaders pick the most promising proposals that the Trust then supports as its limited funding allows. The scientific research that has been funded touches on all aspects of equestrian sport, from searching for cures to crippling diseases like laminitis to finding ways to enhance the safety of riders.
Below is a list of projects from past years that the Trust has proudly funded at some of the top universities in the United States and Canada.


2012: $46,190


  • $24,972: Investigation of Genetic Risk Factors for Osteochondrosis in the Horse — University of Minnesota
  • $21,218: Comparison of Inhaled Levalbuterol and Racemic Albuterol in Horses Affected with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) — Purdue University


2011: $91,122


  • $25,000: Design and Optimization of Collapsible Obstacles for Use in the Cross Country Phase of Equestrian Three-Day Eventing — Washington University in St. Louis
  • $24,988: Validation of a Hoof-based Sensor System for Detection of Subtle Lameness in the Horse — Colorado State University
  • $24,126: Investigating the Epidemiology and Pathology of ‘Shivers’ — University of Minnesota
  • $17,008: Immunoproteomic Analysis of Stable Dust in Horses with Chronic Airway Inflammation — Purdue University


2010: $95,407


  • $25,000: Investigation of Glucose Transport Pathways in Horses with Insulin Resistance — The Ohio State University
  • $25,000: In Vivo Gene Therapy for Treatment of Laminitis — University of Pennsylvania
  • $24,971: Does Lidocaine Improve Recovery of the Equine Large Colon After Ischemic Injury? — Michigan State University
  • $20,436: Differences in Tissue Perfusion of the Equine Foot on Different Ground Surfaces During Stance Using Doppler Ultrasound — Michigan State University


2009: $48,847


  • $24,647: JAK-STAT Signaling in the Pathogenesis of Laminitis — The Ohio State University
  • $24,200: Effectiveness of a Human Contraceptive Subdermal Implant (Implanon©) on Estrus Suppression in Mares — Auburn University