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Re: [RC] Snotty nosed horses...Compete or not? - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

Perhaps the AERC should have a rule that all entrants present a 30 >>day (or 
newer) vet health certificate, 

Good grief,
I can imagine hearing this from a government employee who wants to "feel like 
he tried to do something about a problem" but not from a horseman. 

I've always resented any state that requires me to get a health certificate. 
It's a waste of my time. If I were a jerk who wanted to get a sick horse into 
their stupid state I can easily take another gray Arab over and get a clean 
health certificate so I can get a sick one in. The only people those rules 
hinder are the types who follow the rules to begin with . Jerks are jerks and 
if I can think think of a way to get around a regulation you can bet they can. 
You'd do better to have a line on the entry form asking the owner to swear they 
took the horse's temperature before they left the house and it was normal. 
Might help the person who didn't MEAN to bring a sick horse not to...unlike the 
false assurance of a 29 day old health certificate. My guess is that almost 
anyone who brought a compromised horse to a ride didn't realize it was getting 
sick when they left home. Either you believe people are capable of taking care 
of themselves or not...you can't change it for every situation.


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