The Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) has actually announced several guideline modifications for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Steed (TWH) National Party, which takes location annually and is the premier occasion for the type market.
The brand-new rules require all equines taking part in champion events to be stabled on Celebration grounds 48 hours prior to the champion exhibitions take location. New policies likewise mandate that any digital X rays and blood samples taken are collected on website and under the supervision of VAC-appointed licensed equine veterinarians. Lastly, the new guidelines need that registration documents, as well as a present wellness certificate and evidence of unfavorable Coggins screening, be presented prior to any equine is admitted to the Celebration grounds.
In a written statement, VAC Chairman Jerry Johnson, DVM, said the new guidelines are planned to secure the steeds getting involved the Celebration: “& ldquo; Our main objective is to safeguard the equine and set a gold standard which hopefully will be embraced and made use of by the market for the future.”&
rdquo;. Nevertheless, Teresa Bippen, president of Pals of Noise Equines, does not believe the brand-new policies will certainly have much impact on Walking Equine welfare.
“& ldquo; The most crucial step they might take to make a difference is to pull shoes and pads to look for pressure soring on the winners of all the performance classes,” & rdquo; Bippen believed.
Also, she said, the new regulations will be supervised by a committee worked with by Event management: “& ldquo; The registrations, digital X rays, and blood draws will be in the hands of a veterinary committee worked with by program management. Their self-reliance has actually not been confirmed.”&
rdquo;. The VAC recommendations can be viewed online. .
The 2014 Tennessee Strolling Equine National Party is slated to occur Aug. 20–– 30 in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
About the Author.
Pat Raia is a veteran reporter who takes pleasure in covering equine welfare, market, and information. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.