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Fw: Fatality Reports
I sent this yesterday but did not receive a ridecamp with it
included. Hope this is not too redundant for those who may have seen it
Forwarded Message -----
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 17:07:56 -0600
Subject: 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 possible."
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.
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