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RE: [RC] Horse fatality ? East Bay Ride 9/14/02. - sandy . l . holder

The horse that was put down at the East Bay ride last year, a stallion, had been in portable pens before with no problems, never (to my knowledge - and I know the owner) been bred, and had participated and spectated at endurance rides with no previous issues.  What I'm not understanding is how the RM or vet had any influence on him spooking (thus getting outside the portable corral) and subsequently injuring himself beyond 'repair'.  The owner, still to this day, is traumatized and hasn't really participated in endurance since then.  So are the vet's suppose to dictate that electric portable corrals are not used (I don't personally use them but they work for tons of other folks) or is the RM to tell people they're not allowable (so what about other types of corrals, high-ties, etc. should they be regulated)?  How else would the report be worded to satisfy your issue with " No specific management or veterinary circum! stances have been identified that may have prevented this fatality."?

Just curious and still learning. . .

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