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USRider Assists in Trailer Accident Survey



In an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses, USRider is working with national-known expert Dr. Tomas Gimenez on a research project to gather and analyze data about horse trailer accidents.

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

Dr. Gimenez, a professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., is collecting and analyzing data on trailer accidents in an effort to make recommendations on safety improvements and practices for both trailer owners and manufacturers. Information is being gathered through a survey of horse owners, trainers, emergency responders, veterinarians and others who have been involved in horse trailer incidents in some way. 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.

Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate by filling out a simple survey form. To participate in the survey, please contact USRider Equestrian Motor Plan or Dr. Tomas Gimenez at tgmnz@clemson.edu or (864) 940-1717.

For more information about the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan, visit www.usrider.org online or call 1-800-844-1409.

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