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Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 5:07 PM
Subject: RC: Fatality Reports
I will not venture to make a comment on any particular occurrence before
the facts are known. However, AERC has defined reporting procedures that
are required after every sanctioned ride including when there is any
treatment or fatality.
After every AERC sanctioned endurance ride the Head Vet sends in
a Post-Ride Statistical Report (PRSR)to the
Office. The PRSR lists the Ride Name, Region, Ride
Length, Date, Ride Manager, Head Vet, Number of Ride Vets, # of starters, # of
finishers, # of non-finishers and the reasons for non-completion, the actual
location of lameness, number and types of specific lameness problems seen at
the ride and number treated for lamenss.
The same regimen is required for metabolic pulls, number and type
of metabolic problems seen, # treated for metabolic problems, including # of
horses and the quantity of IV fluids given.
Same regimen for injury pulls as well as a regimen for Rider Option
If a fatality occurs, the Head Vet is required to report the occurrence
and "....attach a full accounting of the circumstances involving the death
of a horse. Notify the AERC Veterinary Committee of death(s) as soon as
possible. Please attempt to determine the cause of death, Consider
a thorough post mortem and submit lab specimens if at all
The PSRS also requires a description of any unusual occurrences that may
have affected the number of non-finishers at the ride, eg. high heat
and/or humidity, poor trail conditions, etc.
If there is proof of cruelty to an animal, then there are procedures to
file a grievance and/or protest with subsequent penalties. This
procedure works and has been used this year.