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A skilled chuckwagon driver is taking part in a University of Calgary study aimed at improving safety for outsiders and horses – Calgary

Mark Sutherland has been driving chuck wagons for over 25 years.

The most important thing for him is the safety of his underdogs and his horses. So he took part in a new study at the University of Calgary.

“[The study’s] I’ll tell us how well the horse is running, “said Sutherland on Thursday,” how good he will be, how good his level is. “

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Researchers want to find out whether a device that is used in hospitals to test the blood of critically ill people can also measure the physical fitness of animals.

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The handheld analyzer will be tested on horses competing in this year’s Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede. Renaud Léguillette, Chair of Equestrian Medicine at the University of Calgary, is leading the study.

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“[It’s a] simple test: you take a blood sample and place it on the strip [and it] takes three or four minutes. [Then]You have your results immediately, ”said Léguillette. “You get the results on the stable side, that’s the advantage of that.”

Sutherland hopes the study will eventually lead to a device that will give him the information he needs before the races.

“With my experience with Dr. Leguillette and U of C Medicine, it will work,” Sutherland said.

The idea is to monitor the horses before they come out on the track to see which are the strongest and the least likely to get tired and injured.

“If the Calgary Flames had known Jaromir Jagr was where he was, they wouldn’t have signed him,” Sutherland said. “I’m not saying it will be a miracle that I can say these horses will be my stars, but it will help. “

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The researchers hope to publish the results this winter and have the device available for the Stampede next year.

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