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RE: The Way We Win
to hear about your horse but in regards to my comments on-line about requiring a
necropsy when a horse dies at a ride I refer to my copy of the AERC Veterinary
Guidelines for Judging AERC Endurance Competitions. (revised September 1999) If
you would check this document, that was prepared by the AERC Veterinary
Committee you will see on page 28 Article 9 section I a complete paragraph
dealing with the death of a horse at a ride. This section deals with the
suggestion of having a necropsy, the objective in performing the necropsy and
what to do during the necropsy. Then fast forward to page 43 the Post Ride
Statistical Report where in the same suggestions are made.
you and your acquaintance Heidi suggest that a necropsy would be futile! Are you
saying that the Vet Committee is way off base on their
Realize now, that suggestion I made was just to make
the fact mandatory rather than a suggestion. It did not originate with me. It
came from the recommendations of the Vet Committee!
concept was that if certain riders were aware that they were signing a contract
for these required services prior to the ride, they might reconsider their
actions. This would apply to all riders AERC Members or not. It would be
the one control the AERC would have on non-members. It would be a contract that
would be upheld in court. It could be the control we have been looking
much as your instance was a very particular one perhaps you might care to
reconsider your position.
When I lost my
horse recently, we did a lot of testing to find out why. We
test for Rabies and as you know, that involves sending the animal's
to the State. It is not a pleasant thing to have done or for that
matter to be the vet doing it. He did not have Rabies. The EPM
not back yet. He did have inflammation in the spine
according to spinal
fluid tests. This horse had two severe neck
injuries a year and about 2
years ago, severe whiplashes for want of a
better word. There was something
on one of the x-rays but the State
declined to look for it. He suddenly and
without warning started
going around in a circle, fast, like a cat chasing
its tail. Then he
trotted about 100 feet or so, very disjointed and weird
looking and then
went down. My roommate turned him over a few times to keep
being in just the one position. He had no control in the back. His
tail was limp. His entire hindquarters were icy to the touch.
I touched his
neck the next day after he had been dead for 12 hours
and it was no colder
than his entire hindquarters were the night before
when he was still alive.
The point of this is, no necropsy and no
tests so far have told us anything
we did not know just before we
euthanized him, other than what he did not
die of. Necropsy is
not a sure way of finding out anything. There are also
would sooner die than have their horse "cut". I know people that
don't even want blood drawn because you have to stick a needle in them.
don't think we can mandate a necropsy nor do I think it is
necessarily a good
thing. I have no idea what my vet bill this
month will be because of this,
my cat shots and the fact that I think my
German Shepherd has a hernia or
something that looks like it and I have an
appointment for Thursday, but
animals are expensive and I think the cost
may outweigh the good of what we
are trying to accomplish....
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