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Re: [RC] Snotty nosed horses...Compete or not? - Joe Long

On Wed, 22 Feb 2006 09:03:05 -0700, "Sisu West Ranch" <ranch@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Perhaps the AERC should have a rule that all entrants present a 30 day (or 
newer) vet health certificate, even if not required because no state lines 
were crossed, before entry into a ride.  In contrast to vague fears of young 
children possibly being hurt, we have at various times seen hundreds of 
horses sickened by viruses spread around at rides.

Good intentions, but I doubt that requiring a health certificate will do much.
A horse can be in apparent good health one day, and infectious the next.  It
will add one more burden (and expense) on riders.

Also, in over 12,000 miles I've seen very few sick horses at rides, at least
horses being entered in the event.  I do not recall a single time one of my
horses got sick from another horse at a ride.  Endurance rides are about the
healthiest "gatherings" of horses that you'll find, IMO.

How about a policy that if your horse is found to be sick and at risk of
spreading illness to other horses at check-in, you will be required to leave the
grounds immediately and get NO refund?

-- 

Joe Long
jlong@xxxxxxxx
http://www.rnbw.com

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