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RE: [RC] A Much Better Proposal - heidi

I suspect that the only way to "police" such an endeavor would be a log book system such as the Aussies use.  That said, I do still believe that while Jim's point is valid about erring on the side of caution, there still needs to be some consideration of what those pulls actually are. 
One of the really GOOD things about our current system is that most of our ride vets are considered to be friends and confidants to the riders, dispensing advice in the best interests of the horse.  Punitive systems tend to set up an antagonistic relationship, and that in turn is NOT good for the horses.  Riders in danger of being suspended are more apt to try to hide problems for fear of getting "kicked up" to that dreaded next level. 
So while this proposal does seem logical on one hand, it has a real downside of jeopardizing the good relationships that our vets and riders usually enjoy, and that could be a real loss for the promotion of horse welfare, too.

Agreed, EXCEPT...The abused horse has already been ridden at the point where
the infraction is detected (when the ride manager sends in the results and
the office records them) maybe multiple times.  By the time the horse /
rider are caught up with, they may have several rides in. (actually I bet
DocO or KenM would catch them before the paper work does).
Just my opinion that it would be hard to police.  What would be the penalty,
no miles?  Do you really think that anyone that is that abusive really cares
about milage?
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