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Dave tells everybody that I’ve been promoted to “colonel,”
whatever that is.
Anyway it seems my job of guarding is about the same.
What Dave says is that I don’t make faces at other humans
or dogs like I used to.
After the last things I told Dave to write about
in the last newsletter there were some humans who talked to Dave
on the phone thing….(trust me, I have no idea how to use
it). They wanted me to get my pals and go bite a bad human.
Because I can’t seem to understand human thoughts on the
phone there really wasn’t much I could do. Besides, running
more than the length of my property is not my idea of a good time.
However, sometimes I get thoughts from other dogs, (I suppose),
who are way far away…(Maybe they can go bite the bad human
if I thought about it hard enough).
…are on the upswing here at NAES and I am concerned about
a growing number of horse owners who are looking for a more than
optimistic assessment of the horse.
the appraiser can get you out of a financial pickle by “just
inflating the valuation” is asking for trouble.
Remember, folks that the appraiser is the one who signs page two
of the IRS’s Form 8283 “certifying” that the
value is correct.
I now require a veterinarian’s statement as to soundness
and that date establishes the effective appraisal date.
The appraiser does NOT want to be on the receiving end of government
scrutiny owing to inflated prices.
Do you know everything about the horse you’re buying?
seems to be mounting in varied horse sale areas to actually inform
the buyer about the horse being bought.
Jess Jackson, of Kendal-Jackson Winery fame, has even been to
Capitol Hill attempting to inform Congress about the weak information
process in the sale of race horses.
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, (TOBA), even has
very good material designed for the first time horse buyer.
Kentucky’s interest in making sure that an agent
works for either buyer or seller, not both, is not altogether
altruistic since bad press about shoddy sales practices was not
good PR for the state’s huge horse business.
…It is no excuse for a licensed vet to perform an
illegal or immoral act.
(Photo Courtesy iStockPhoto.com)
Many times I run into actions by licensed veterinarians that border
on or are completely illegal or, at the least, unethical.
It is no
excuse by the owner to claim that the actions by their vet were
taken independent of feedback by you.
How maddening it is to read about vets that knowingly perform
illegal tail blocks in Quarter horses or nerve a slightly sore
performance horse knowing full well that its going to show in
FEI competition, (where neurectomies are strictly prohibited).
Always make sure your vet has absolutely the latest vet guides
relating to any association in which you show…its your responsibility
but realistically his or hers to know the association rules. Mistakes
in this area can mess up a very good show horse.
I’m often told
of veterinarians who question the prospective buyer about the
purchase price including questions on intended use during the
pre-purchase exam of the subject horse.
With all due respect to the veterinary practice, it is really
the job of the buyer’s trainer to determine the suitability
of the subject horse; not the veterinarian’s.
Perhaps if the veterinarian has a considerable background in the
horse’s intended job, (such as a jumper, dressage or reining
horse), then the questioning may be interesting but still is unwelcome.
However, it IS the trainer’s job to assess the horse/rider
combination and the vet’s job to evaluate only health issues
and point them out to the buyer and their trainer.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, (AAEP), in fact,
states that the vet neither “pass” nor “fail”
the horse, since suits have been filed against vets with either
The AAEP states that the pre-purchase exam represents a “snapshot”
of the horse’s health. The vet counts on a truthful and
complete disclosure of vet records by the previous owner and then
couples such results with their current examination.
Dave 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.
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.
Dave 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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