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[RC] HWC - Bruce Weary DC

As a member of the HWC, I can tell you that we have some very good people involved. We have been reorganizing lately, with a member retiring and a new member on board. I recently finished a horse death report, which will be published soon. I will apologize in advance for the tardiness of my report, but don't apologize for the fact that as our sport is a hobby, it is further down the list than some other of life's priorities. It's been said that if you want something done and done right, give it to the busiest person you know. This is somewhat true not only of the HWC, but the Vet Committee and the BOD itself. Remember that we are all spoiled by CNN and by contrast, our committee processes may seem slow. They are carried out by dedicated volunteers who give of their time, money, heart and intellect, often at cost to things such as their own time with their families or in the saddle. An occasional heartfelt thankyou to these people and a genuine offer of help is more engendering to the process than innuendo and conspiracy theories.
Even though we have been fortunate to have a very low statisitical incidence of horse deaths in our sport, it has also been no secret that deaths due to blatant abuse or overriding are far in the minority. I can assure all concerned parties that there is no attempt to hide or flavor or slant the information that we are able to gather and report to the constituency. Sometimes we are hampered by the availability of information or the willingness of the rider involved to participate in the investigative process. There are those who would prefer sanctions against these riders as incentive to cooperate fully (and this is a relatively rare circumstance), but as yet you, the constituents, have not voted to empower the respective committees to do so. There are currently several levels of process in place to deal with injustices, real or perceived, and yes, we are a work in progress.
My personal feeling is that some people's "need to know" not always, but often, has as it's unspoken motive, a target to aim against, not necessarily to "learn from." While I agree that any and all pertinent information should be made appropriately public, Jim, what would you "learn" about a horse that colics and dies at a ride, other than what that particular rider may or may not have done wrong? At your level of horsemanship, are you really confused about how to not override a horse yourself? How to feed it or keep it hydrated? What speed to ride it under current trail and temperature conditions? How to recognize the signs of illness? Exactly what void in your horsemanship skills would be filled? A newbie to our sport might be taken aback to learn that horses can actually die doing this and other sports, but the bulk of their education and indoctrination into endurance riding ought not come from the details of a horse's death, however unfortuate or avoidable. If it does, we have all certainly failed.
If the need to know is primarily fueled by a desire to armchair quarterback after the fact, then I would suggest that type of curiosity is misdirected. Better to let those charged with the responsibility of conducting the process get on with the job. Or, work to change that process through proper channels, not misusing a public forum to magnify the opinions of a few.
Respectfully Submitted, Bruce Weary #4160 Member HWC


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