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Re: [RC] Analysis of fatality rates - Dot Wiggins

I'm curious what horses you count as "general population"?
Only riding horses? Idle horses? Stabled show/ race horses?
Working ranch horses? Back yard ponies? Draft horses? Rental/dude string/lesson mounts? All those non-working pasture horses?
Which ones are included? How do you account for deaths of horses that never see a vet, or the unattended deaths that have no information on cause of loss?
Where do the numbers come from for comparison purposes to endurance horses? Which census figures?
I would guess those stabled show horses/race horses would be easy. Someone sees them every day, lots of info, but many of the others?
Without these numbers the percentages may not be very valid.

Enlighten me.

----- Original Message ----- From: "k s swigart" <katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 5:58 PM
Subject: [RC] Analysis of fatality rates

In the report, Truman's comment:

I don't have a huge problem with using the 5-20 year old age range in the statistics available about the general population because endurance horses mostly DO fall into this age category and it is, presumably, the best data available...


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[RC] Analysis of fatality rates, k s swigart