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[RC] A SHORT summary of the situation ... - Joe Long

These ever-lengthening back-and-forths have gotten out of hand.
Instead of any more replys to the Trio, I'll summarize what I see as
the essence of the situation:

1.  There have been about ten equine fatalities at endurance rides in
North America each of the last two years, which is ten per year too

2.  Equine fatalities are bad.  They are bad for the horses, bad for
the people involved, bad for the AERC and bad for the sport.

3.  Accordingly, the AERC needs to continue to improve its rules,
policies and procedures in an effort to improve equine safety at rides
and reduce equine fatalities at rides (and non-fatal equine injuries
as well).

I believe that on the above, Truman, Howard, Jim and I (and just about
everyone else in the sport) agree.

Our differences are in how we achieve this.  I believe I've said more
than enough on the issue, and we're repeating ourselves, and it's
getting nasty, which is doing no good at all.  So I'm going to do my
best to let it go.


Joe Long


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