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RE: [RC] Sued Vet - Ginger Bill

I would like to know who we are dealing with here. If the Ride Managers don't have a clue as what to expect from certain individuals it may happen at their ride as well. I'm with you, Diane, as I've been a Ride Manager and I only had one vet that I could always count on and if anyone ever sued this vet at my ride there would be some kind of Hell to be paid. We all know that it is up to us to take care of our horses, bottom line. I am not happy about this at all! I have always felt that the vets are a big bonus just in case something does go haywire, you and your horse have a friend and an equine expert to help you get through a bad situation. It doesn't always work and if you aren't prepared for that, get out of the sport. Better yet, get out of horses, because things can go South in a heartbeat. Ginger

> Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:52:04 -0700
> From: tref@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [RC] Sued Vet
> Since it appears that the insurance company approach to all lawsuits is
> "cover ass - the hell with the reputation of the person sued", then I
> would think that AERC needs to have in place some sort of very punitive
> policy, if not rule. Back in May, Truman posted on the AERC forum:
> For that [AERC's] sanctioning they [ride managers] have to
> agree to run the ride in a certain manner and in return the AERC allows
> it's members to get points, miles, etc., from that ride. Ride vets are
> contractors of the ride managers...
> The AREC really has no "official dog" in whatever fight happens between
> rider and RM, rider and vet or RM and vet.
> Losing a lawsuit as a consequence of vetting at one of our rides and
> doing it right is a permanent black mark on a vet's record. Even if
> AERC has no chain-of-command involvement in such a lawsuit, it should
> have a firm procedure for dealing with riders who sue. Our vets are too
> important to throw to the wolves.
> 1) Neither Vet nor Rider should be presumed responsible for the death of
> a horse.
> 2) Any time a ride vet is sued, the P&G committee should be charged with
> the responsibility of investigating the circumstances, PRIOR TO THE
> investigation should be made available to the Rider, the Vet, the Vet's
> insurance company and possibly the Court as an Amicus Curiae brief.
> 3) Since it is the Vet who has been sued, the focus of P&G should be on
> the culpability of said Vet. They should be required to render one of
> four decisions: a) The Vet failed to adequately inform the Rider of the
> seriousness of the Horse's condition, b) The Vet adequately informed the
> Rider of the Horse's condition but the Rider chose to ignore the advice
> of the Vet, c) The Vet properly treated the Horse at the ride, or d) The
> Vet's treatment of the Horse at the ride was inadequate.
> 4) If P&G's result is either (b) or (c) above, the Rider should be
> immediately informed that if he pursues legal action against the Vet and
> prevails, the Rider will be permanently banned from riding in any AERC
> sanctioned event.
> There can be other stipulations, protections against truly bizarre or
> unforeseeable circumstances, but the guts of the procedure should be
> that if you sue a ride vet, who has properly performed his duty, and
> win, either by court decision or by default, you will not be able to
> ride in another AERC event, ever.
> Again, our vets are too important to abandon when they are threatened
> for doing their jobs at our rides. If a vet fails to act properly or is
> indifferent to a horse's condition and is sued, then that vet should be
> held accountable in a court of law. But if a vet acts in accordance
> with a horse's welfare and the rider's actions cause or contribute
> substantially to that horse's death, then the RIDER should be held
> accountable by AERC.
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