Equine Services, LLC
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....Focuses on our own NAES Advisory
Board Member Mr. Don Burt.
Courtesy Don Burt)
Burt has been an exhibitor, trainer, judge and all-around horseman
for over 45 years. Mr. Burt, currently resides in California and
is President of Equestrian Consultants Inc., which specializes in
the development of horse facilities throughout the United States.
addition, Don has authored many books and articles pertaining
to sport horses, two of which were "Winning With Arabian
Horses" and "Winning with the American Quarter Horse."
American Quarter Horse Association voted Don in as its President
in 1996; he's also served in official capacities in the Arabian
Horse Association and the United States Equestrian Federation. He
was the main inspiration behind the inclusion of Reining as an Olympic
sport under the auspices of the United States Equestrian Team.
AAEP Meets in Denver, CO.
At the recent meeting of veterinarians in Denver, December 6th,
the subject of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act came
up. With over 220 co-sponsors the bill has been held up in the
Agriculture Committee's Chairman, Robert Goodlatte, (R-VA). Mr.
Goodlatte's supporters include some very influential cattle associations.
bill essentially would prohibit the slaughter of horses. Morally,
the issue is whether we allow horses who have outlived their usefulness
to us to be killed for human consumption.
Every year, over 50,000 horses are killed to provide food for
people in Europe and Asia.
it were not for the many "rescue" operations in existence
the numbers of slaughtered horses would be much greater.
NAES position on this important legislation is very clear
who've done their duty to horsemen must be protected. Please let
your government legislators know how you feel.
- An Equine Attorney's View on Insurance
Courtesy Gail Haskins)
All those who carry equine mortality, major medical and surgical
insurance on their horses should be very aware of the need to
report any in juries, illnesses or new physical conditions on
a prompt basis to their insurance carrier.
The reporting may also need to be done on a continuing basis
as any condition of ill-being develops, changes or requires additional
a recent Kentucky case, an equine insurer was notified that an
insured horse required surgery for a fractured hock.
However, notice was not given of an infection that progressed
after surgery culminating ultimately in the horse's euthanization.
The court held that the insurance carrier was justified in denying
the mortality claim because under its terms, the policy required
separate notice of the surgical condition and the post surgical
Insured parties need to be aware that to be on the safe side,
they should report any and all injuries, illnesses, conditions,
treatment or testing to their insurance carrier on a prompt basis
no matter how insignificant these situations may seem.
The insured party should then be sure to follow up on a continuing
basis, reporting all progress or changes as the situation develops.
In one recent scenario, an insurance company requested a veterinary
report on the results of a routine fecal analysis which the owner
had casually noted on a policy renewal application.
It can be daunting to try and decipher the complex wording of
any insurance policy, but it may be an excellent idea to take
the time and read your equine insurance policies to determine
in advance precisely what notice requirements lie within. Prompt,
accurate and continuing notice may make the difference between
a claim accepted and a claim denied.
(Ms. Haskins is a practicing attorney in Chicago,
IL. She can be reached at 847-724-6634)
Herb Schneider, Auburn Ass't Equitation
Courtesy Auburn University)
this year I had a chance to meet Herb in his capacity as manager
of the NCAA Riding Championships, Conyers, GA.
Christine Tauber and I had been asked to judge this most prestigious
event in the newly formed NCAA equestrian events, the Equestrian
Finals in April, 2004.
did a great job and it was clear he truly enjoyed his work with
the riding teams and the NCAA.
The Trainer/Agent to Client Relationship
I have been called upon to comment on litigation involving secret
commissions and hidden profits in horse sales.
Understandably, the results for the "cheating" professionals
have resulted in substantial dollar awards against them.
|Most professional horsemen are honest
about their horse sales. However, the relationship between the trainer
and their own client is very strong and this huge trust can be quite
tempting to the unscrupulous trainer/agent.
People outside the horse community don't really comprehend that
the client almost always does what the trainer says. In many ways,
it makes sense since the trainer/teacher knows what's best for their
The fact that the client has had to be very "businesslike"
in their own jobs often does not transfer to their business dealings
when purchasing a horse; IE, the client counts on the agent to make
sure the deal is the right one, inevitably leaving an opening for
The trust of the client to the trainer is so important in making
sure the client succeeds with the talent and money available. It
may seen uncomfortable to the client but he or she must always insist
on having "all" the financial parts of the transaction
Thoroughbred Racing Loses its 146th Jockey Since 1940
I'm fortunate to have been asked to evaluate many racing Thoroughbreds
in the past few years.
I think that sometimes we don't pay enough attention to the jockey
Unfortunately, I note the death of Christopher Quinn who died
on August 10th, 2004 from injuries sustained while riding at Fairmount
Park, Collinsville, Illinois.
Quinn began his riding career in 1988 riding 1,971 with 151 winning.
His lifetime earnings were $853,325.
I believe we take racing for granted and though Christopher was
not a household name his passing reminds us of the risks encountered
by all jockeys every day.
I've been asked to evaluate liability cases involving jockeys
and racetrack conditions so I see lots of problems but it's so
tragic to see the passing of another horseman at a relatively
Veterinary Comments from Dr. Crabo, DVM
Chaparral Animal Hospital)
shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been a developing trend in equine
and human sports medicine over the past five or so years.
A shock or pressure wave is produced outside the body (extracorporial
means outside the body) by a machine called the shock wave generator.
The generator is placed in contact with the patient's skin and
the shock wave travels though the adjacent tissues.
shock wave gives off energy as it passes from a tissue of lower
density to one of higher density, such as where a ligament attaches
to bone. Shock waves are responsible for both short-term pain relief
and an increase in tissue healing when applied to many types of
There are two types of portable shock wave generators available
in veterinary medicine. One type is called focused, where the energy
of the shock wave is "focused" at a certain depth of tissue.
The other type is called radial, where the highest energy level
occurs at the surface of the shock wave generator. It appears that
each type of generator has advantages and disadvantages, with some
types of injuries benefiting more from one type or the other.
has been used with varied success in many conditions, including
suspensory and tendon injuries, bucked shins, navicular syndrome,
hock and pastern arthritis, back pain, and third carpal bone disease.
Crabo is a partner with Chaparral Animal Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona
a member of the NAES Advisory Board of Directors)
NAES Press Release:
Thoroughbred Racing Expert, Bradley Rollins
Joins the NAES Team
Supplied by Mr. Brad Rollins)
Dave Johnson, President of NAES has announced that Mr. Brad Rollins,
a longtime racehorse trainer and former jockey, has joined NAES
in reviewing racing facilities and helping to produce accurate
horse appraisals and opinions.
Mr. Rollins has also been appointed to the NAES Advisory Board
Mr. Rollins has been a successful jockey for over 18 years and
an outstanding trainer along with his father, Mr. Lyman Rollins
of the Rollins Racing Stable of Phoenix, Arizona.
Brad has served on the Boards of Directors of the Arizona Thoroughbred
Breeders Association and the Arizona Division of the National
Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association and several other
horse racing associations.
"Mr. Rollins adds another very important perspective to the
activities of NAES; we're so pleased to have his huge background
of knowledge," stated Mr. Johnson.
Commentary - By Dave Johnson
and Katie Rosenzweig at Washington
-Photo Provided by Pat Carleton)
there you are driving down the road on your way to buy a first
horse for your child. As you're motoring along, "the copilot"
should, at least be jotting down items for your very simple Contract
for Sale, especially if you don't already have one prepared by
if the horse is "cheap" don't be dim and agree on a "handshake"
to seal the deal. Those old-time deals are long gone.
Both parties must be protected. The horse you purchase for yourself
or child is so very important so leave nothing to chance. Always
insist on a veterinary pre-purchase exam, since you'll have to feed
the lame horse as well as the sound one. If the vet's charges seem
high just think it's better to pay now rather than have an unhealthy
In addition, get your trainer or other savvy professional
see your potential purchase. Paying for their time makes sense,
Finally, make sure you know "exactly" who the seller actually
is and what commissions, if any, are being paid out. Sales commissions
in and of themselves are not "bad," you have the fiduciary
right to know all the facts.
hanging on Dave's office wall)
Provided by Ms. Billie Steffee)
"Nothing enhances the value of a horse more than you owning
(By Dave Foley
- Famous Chicago Horse Trainer)
Breeding Stallion, "All The Gold," Circa 1996 - Owned
by Ms. Billie Steffee of Ohio - Arguably One of the Finest Producers
of Show Horses)
About Dave Johnson
started NAES more than 10 years ago with an eye to making sure
all horse owners and those interested in horses could depend on
NAES for the straight scoop on horses and prices. In addition,
Dave is one of the busiest horse activity experts in North America.
Because of his long history of working with so many breeds and
disciplines he's called upon to give his opinion in literally
hundreds of legal cases and horse appraisals.
is still an active horse show judge and, when time permits, continues
teaching at his wife's nationally known stable, Willoway Farm, Inc.,
in Phoenix, Arizona.
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