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Re: RC: trailer horse back

In a message dated 3/6/99 8:14:40 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<< Equines disqualified by the vets must not continue on. This
                practice by a rider is considered grounds for barring
 that rider
                from future rides.
 To me this means the horse is either trailered back or remains at the
 vet check for the rest of its life.
 G >>

Well, pretty much.  Although in the case of some back-country vet checks, I
have on one or two occasions made a "shade of grey" decision and allowed a
mildly lame horse to be led a mile or two to a spot where it was much easier
and more comfortable to be met by a trailer.  We had the ability to bring a
trailer in if a horse was really badly injured or in serious metabolic stress,
but felt that it wasn't justified to come up the last bit of nasty road to
bring out a horse that could safely walk that distance without doing further

Heidi Smith, DVM

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