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Re: [RC] 60 to 30 minute rule...please stay informed.! - Lisa Salas - Barbara White

Paying for the treatment of a horse is not research and it will not prevent other horses from needing treatment or dying. 

Lisa Salas, the odd fArm

I have to disagree with this.  Everytime a horse is treated, the success or failure of the treatment teaches us more about what works or doesn't.  When a horse dies and the vets don't understand why, a necropsy often reveals the answer.  When a horse fails to respond to treatment and needs surgery, the surgery usually indicates what was unseen before.  Our historical statistics show that most horses needing treatment were not being raced.  Often the horse passes all vet checks, including the finish, and then deteriorates.  There is a lot we still do not know, and it will probably take the suffering of many more horses before we figure it out.
It's hard for  griefstricken owners to authorize a necropsy, but I believe it is in the best interests of all of our horses to do so.  The AERC has a fund to help with those expenses.
I am willing to spend $3.00 a ride for an insurance fund.  While some may abuse this, many more owners and horses will be grateful that someone helped to make a difference when they were in trouble.  What's wrong with being a sport that puts its money where its mouth is when speaking of humane treatment for our partners?  They give us so much; we should not expect them to give us the untimate if collectively we can help a few of them.

[RC] 60 to 30 minute rule...please stay informed.! - Lisa Salas, Lisa Salas