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Student wins for her equine research
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CLEARFIELD — For her study of injuries in sport horses, Erika Nicole Mueller was awarded $1,000 from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Only four other students received similar awards, which were presented at a ceremony in Phoenix. Mueller was the only Utah student to win. Others represented the states of Washington, Missouri, Arizona and New York.

Mueller’s project, “Optimal Equine Balance: Application of Biophysics to Assess and Reduce Equine Injury,” used high-speed cinematography to capture and analyze the motion of the second and first phalanx bones in the horse’s leg just above the hoof, according to a release. Her work offers a new method of determining a horse’s predisposition to fracturing the second phalanx bone, a common injury.

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