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Thank you, Howard. Even though we were not
sanctioned, we did follow AERC rules for vetting criteria.
Since you brought this up, I did want to comment on
earlier posts about vet checks, the responsibly to the horse etc,. One of the
reasons I didn't sanction my ride was because I hate being told what to do. ( I
know, I should have gone to therapy for that) I did get a call from an AERC rep
who was concerned that because my ride wasn't sanctioned, horses could die. Now,
I thought that was pretty absurd, and advised this person, sanctioning isn't
what keeps horses safe, obviously as we still have many, many way too many
horses pulled for metabolics. I have always believed the vets and checks were in
place to help prevent this, not the sanctioning. Then he asked
if my vet was an AERC vet. I asked what was the criteria for that and he said
they must be a member. That's it? Oh, and a horse vet. Now he assured me he was
not trying to shove AERC down anybody's throat, but I was gagging. I know Dr.
Marcella gave a talk at the AAEP meeting some time ago to try and encourage vets
to work these rides. I know he tried to give them info that would make them more
comfortable when vetting rides. I think that is more the direction to go,
instead of gold, silver, bronze, sponsors, qualifying for the next level, yada,
blah, blah. I think we have a good many vets working the rides, and the current
thinking about examinations is better than it was 8-10 years ago. But could
there be more education in this area? A vet is a professional. We are horse
people. (Although there are many self proclaimed experts) We pay for
and count on the vets expertise when we attend these rides. Instead of just
being a member of AERC and a horse vet, we might want to consider
requiring some experience in this sport. I don't need someone to hold my hand
while I ride as much as I will depend on the expertise of a vet. Here in
Florida, I have been to rides where some of the vets were actually 3rd and 4th
year students from the university. That is a start.
I will sanction my ride next year. Riders want
their points. I will use the same vet and tell him the same thing. The vet has
the final say, pull or not to pull. I will back him 100%. As I have stated
before, the owner/rider has the ultimate responsibility to the horse. However,
we depend the on the experience, and professional opinion of the vet to help us
make those decisions. Lisa Salas, The Odd farm.
P.S. Howard, I don't get mad, I get even. I hope
you are saving your money!
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