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Dear David,
Many thanks for allowing me to solicit your opinion and advice about starting an equine mediation practice. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to give me your perspective. Congratulations on your 17 years in business. I can tell
you have been very successful.

All the best for another 17!


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Blog - Case of the Month
Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I’ll be picking out a specific case out of the hundreds I’ve worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover pertinent equine related topics.

Taking advantage of situations that have occurred to others may lead you to say things to yourself like, “Boy I’m glad that didn’t happen to me!” Anyway, for sheer entertainment value, you’ll like them.

After reading the Blog, please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or comments. Although I will not be taking comments on this blog, your feedback is welcomed. Archived Blogs available at this link.

NAES BLOG - October 2017...

Through the years, I’ve run into an increasing number of accidents at dude ranches or at facilities with a very much laid back approach to riding and horse related activities.

I give a number of talks or presentations each year about the various “what-if’s” which could be anticipated at the dude ranch. What amazes me is how dim folks can be at just not thinking of what could happen. Imagine the variety of entities at the riding facility:

  1. The horse.
  2. The rider
  3. The wrangler.
  4. The facility itself.
  5. Condition of then tack and equipment.
  6. Proximity to the nearest EMS station.
  7. Protective headgear?
  8. Physical ailments which could exacerbate any injuries to the rider.
  9. Is the wrangler trained in any pre-hospital trauma care?!
  10.  Can the facility’s cars or other ranch vehicle aid in rescuing the rider?
  11.  Does the facility have any medical equipment whatsoever?
  12.  …and does anyone have the faintest idea how to use it?

Obviously, there is much more that could be included.
I just read about the tragic death of a precious 5 year old who fell after her “bomb-proof” trail horse galloped off when startled by a gopher at a high-end dude ranch in Utah.

The child didn’t even have a helmet on and naturally when she fell…… was right onto her head. Oh but she was offered a helmet but turned it down and the parents did not insist she put one on; (They didn’t have helmets either). Minors can’t decide for themselves about protective equipment since they do not have the skills necessary to forecast about the possible bad things which could happen.

To solve this minor problem, all dude ranches or any place where a minor could get on a horse, must insist that any child or minor must wear a protective helmet. That’s the law in many states so that solves the problem of minors actually making a decision about protective items.

Getting back to the news story about the teeney 5 year old……. She never woke up and in fact was in a coma and life support since EMS showed up; the well trained EMS responders were at the scene in less than 4 minutes. But it was already way too late for the child.

Just imagine this cutest tiny person who will never live out her life and be one of GOD’s littlest persons who dies needlessly simply because of the stupidity of the adults. Oh, but the mom and dad had to make the decision to pull the plug on her life support. Can you imagine their thoughts as they turned off all the ventilators, heart monitors, etc, viewing the screen of the heart monitor’s screen as the recording line goes straight.

The times with your family are indeed the best and the most remembered. Which is why in preparing for such an outing, all the possible items must be thought of. (In other words, it’s so important to whittle away at the many “what if’s”).

Picking out the best stable or ranch to make sure your family or children are taught by nothing but the very best.

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Qualified Equine Appraisals
NAES is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals. We can give you the most accurate and professional qualified appraisal in the industry. more...

NAES' David D. Johnson
David D. Johnson operates North American Equine Services, LLC as its President and CEO. The company, based in Phoenix, Arizona specializes in litigation consulting, related activities and horse appraisals for the legal and insurance communities and has been doing so for the past 30 years throughout North America. more...

Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
As the premier financial appraisers and evaluators of the equestrian sport in the United States and North America and because we operate in the public spotlight, we are expected to conduct our affairs in a manner consistent with the great trust that has been placed in us. more...

Safety Policies
As a licensed official with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Mr. Johnson fully supports and promotes the organization’s efforts with the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The USEF has instituted a Safe Sport Policy available at this link.

Questions and answers regarding the USEF Policy are available as FAQ’s at this link. NAES has had similar policies in place since its inception.

NAES clients expect absolute confidentiality in their dealings with our firm. more...
Horse of the month
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Horse of the Month for
October, 2017 the Finnhorse who has been a real native horse for hundreds of years in Finland. more...

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Tip of the month

October 2017
A terrific piece of advice was given to me as a young pro, many years ago.

The information was to always, always, always get a thorough veterinary pre-purchase exam for the new horse you or your client is buying.

It amazes me how often a client just takes the word of the seller or close friend who swears the horse is “sound as a dollar.” Only to find out later about drastic health issues.
Current & Past Tips

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- FREE phone discussion for however long it takes to discuss anything horse-related.

- NAES can then guide you in the areas of standards & practices, accident investigation and anything involving horse activities.

- We also provide expert witness testimony for settlement conferences, arbitrations, mediations and at trial.


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