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Volume Thirteen - Issue Five
January 2009
San antonio stock show & rodeo voted
prca’s large indoor rodeo of the year for
fourth consecutive year
LAS VEGAS – The The banquet is held prior to the
been innovators in the sport of
San Antonio Stock Show & kick off of the Wrangler Na-
rodeo. They host only rodeo’s
Rodeo is thrilled to announce tional Finals, the “Superbowl”
top competitors, recruit world-
that a fourth banner will be of rodeo. Because nominees
class animal athletes and buck-
proudly displayed in the AT&T and winners are voted on by
ing stock from the nation’s best
Center for being named the their peers in the industry, it is
contractors and have increased
Professional Rodeo Cowboy considered a great honor to be
its purse size to over $1 million
Association’s (PRCA) Large selected.
to make it one of the top two
Indoor Rodeo of the Year. The “We are extremely
paying regular season rodeos
San Antonio Stock Show & honored and humbled to ac-
in the country.
By Karen L. Brown, © 2008
Many techniques condition. Indeed, these train- flex or bend is a sign that the
initially developed for humans ers and riders readily admit that horse could have a structural
eventually find their way into regular osteopathic treatment blockage.
veterinary medicine. Among has kept their horses winning For example, a horse
the modalities that have been at the top competitions in their with a heavy parasite load
adapted to the animal world is sports. These horses are also will have a group of blocked
osteopathy. It was originally competing longer and more vertebra in the thoracic spine.
developed over 100 years ago frequently than their same-age Another horse with an infection
as a means to detect and heal counterparts. in any organ in the pelvic room
Rodeo has been named the cept this prestigious award
Come experience the
disease in the human body. The When would a horse will have a different group of
recipient of this prestigious for the fourth year in a row. It
2009 San Antonio Stock Show
premise of osteopathy is that a owner want to obtain the ser- blocked vertebra, this time
industry award, consecutively, is because of the support and
& Rodeo and help us celebrate
living body is an inter-related vices of an osteopath? In fact, in the lumbar spine. Horses
since 2005. dedication of our 5000 plus vol-
our 60
anniversary, February
entity with an inborn ability there are hundreds of symp- with these kinds of visceral
Each year, the Pro- unteers, sponsors, as well as the
5-22, 2009. Tickets may be
to maintain or return to opti- toms that might indicate the disorders will have difficulty
fessional Rodeo Cowboys entire city of San Antonio and
purchased online at sarodeo.
mum health provided that the need for an osteopath. Lame- moving freely, even when
Association honors the best of the surrounding communities
com,, at the
ness of all kinds is only one the disorder may not yet be
the best in rodeo professionals, that we have had the success
AT&T Center Southwest box
structure, or musculo-skeletal
functioning within category of symptoms that detectable by clinical testing.
stock contractors and rodeo that we have” Keith Martin,
office, any Ticketmaster loca-
system, is
the boundaries of its natural may be addressed. Given the Visceral disorders first must be
committees during their annual S.A.L.E. Executive Director
tion or by calling 1-877-63-
balance. interconnection between the treated by a veterinarian; once
Contract Personnel Awards and CEO, said.
RODEO. For more info visit:
Olympic dressage musculo-skeletal system and they have been resolved the os-
Banquet at the South Point The San Antonio or call 210-
riders and world champion the rest of the body, it is quite teopath would manipulate any
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Stock Show & Rodeo has
cutters, ropers, and barrel rac- common to have a lameness remaining structural or visceral
ers are only a small segment issue that is caused by a prob- imbalances. The horse would
horse teeth floaters’
of horsepeople who use os- lem somewhere else in the then regain ultimate freedom
teopathy as a means to keep body. Any type of persistent of movement.
their horses in top physical
constitutional lawsuit
resistance or unwillingness to
(Continued on Page 15)
USDA in denial
will proceed
By Karen L. Brown, © 2008
austin court of appeals orders texas board of
veterinary medical examiners back into court
After public disclo-
unstated, and with unknown that the rules for assigning PINs
sure of an internal USDA memo
consequences. are to be implemented immedi- Austin, Texas—The The Board’s heedless an administrative process con-
on how the National Animal
Horses are specifi- ately and without deviation or Texas Board of Veterinary and unscientific campaign to trolled by the Board.
Identification System (NAIS)
cally included in the scope of exclusions. Medical Examiners (Board) end this time honored practice, “The Texas Board of
will be forced upon the Ameri-
the memo. The Coggins test- The Texas Animal will no longer be able to evade which has been specifically ac- Veterinary Medical Examin-
can people, the USDA and
ing for EIA qualifies horses Health Commission (TAHC), judicial review of its decision to knowledged and authorized in ers has steadfastly refused to
other supportive agencies and
for the program under the prevaricates on the memo, first send cease-and-desist letters to other horse-owning states like defend its decision to outlaw
industry organizations are do-
communicable disease clause. claiming that the memo would horse teeth floaters throughout Florida and Maryland, threat- horse teeth floating by non-
ing some serious backpedaling.
Through the past several years, not be enforced in Texas, then the state. In February of 2007, ens to destroy the livelihoods veterinarians in court because
In spite of the clear and specific
a tremendous amount of pro- later refuses to give a state- the Board overturned ninety- of several hundred floaters in it realizes how arbitrary and un-
content of the memo (see last
paganda has been put forth to ment to reporters. Other state seven years of Board precedent Texas and will imperil the well- reasonable that decision was,”
month’s article for details), the
convince horse owners that agencies also refuse to com- and decided that only licensed being of horses throughout the said Clark Neily, attorney for
proponents of NAIS are now
NAIS would not affect them, ment or claim they will only veterinarians may float horses’ state, who will no longer have the defendants. “These honest,
struggling to convince the pub-
or at the most it would only partially enforce the memo teeth in Texas. The Board has access to competent practitio- hardworking Texans will finally
lic that the USDA didn’t mean
pertain to a small segment requirements. They decline to admitted that this radical change ners. Thus, individuals like have their day in court.”
what it said.
of the horse owning popula- specify which portions will be in policy was not supported by Carl Mitz, who specializes in The court of ap-
In short, the memo
tion. With the communicable enforced. any studies or evidence of harm miniature horses and is known peals ruled that “in light of
provides explicit instructions
disease clause, every horse Dr. Hillman, Execu- to horses, and it was done with throughout the nation as the the continuing threat of civil
to governmental authorities,
in the nation is required to be tive Director of TAHC and the full knowledge that there are “Mini King,” will be forced to and criminal liability against
including local accredited vet-
identified by NAIS. Chairman of the US Animal nowhere near enough veterinar- move out of Texas and work in the practitioners and the direct
erinarians, on how to assign
In the backlash of Health Association’s Live- ians in Texas to take care of the other states that allow floaters to effect the Act has on their on-
Premise Identification Numbers
public outcry after disclosure stock Identification Committee dental needs of the state’s one practice their trade. Texas horse going business enterprise, the
(PINs) to any locations where
of this memo, the American (USAHALIC) is in favor of the million horses. owners will be left to rely on the practitioners have established
livestock are kept. The memo
Horse Council (AHC) and memo and is hoping legal au- Unlike human teeth, services of a small number of that they would suffer hardship
goes on to dictate how this may
other pro-NAIS organizations thority for enforcement can be horses’ teeth grow throughout large animal veterinarians who if judicial review was with-
be achieved with or without
began working furiously to confirmed. The TAHC would their lives. This causes sharp cannot possibly meet demand held.” The court of appeals
the land owner’s cooperation
deny the memo’s meaning and be directly involved with the points to develop along their for the service. then ordered the trial court to
or consent. And finally, should
purpose. The AHC wrote a enforcement of NAIS, which molars that must be filed down “I’m faced with the hold proceedings on the legal
the land owner refuse to co-
letter to try to convince people would ostensibly perpetuate (or “floated”) periodically, prospect of uprooting my fam- question of whether the Board
operate, the memo demands
that the memo was simply a the existence of this temporary which levels the teeth and helps ily and moving and starting all can require the defendants to
that the official mark the form
planning tool for future actions. agency. ensure that the horse can eat over again in these sorry eco- hold a veterinary license in or-
to label the person a dissenter.
If one reads the memo (Vet- properly. Historically, this nomic times,” said Mitz. der to continue practicing their
This notation will be entered
erinary Services Memorandum practice has been provided by The court of appeals’ chosen occupation.
into the national database,
No. 575.19 dated September
(Continued on Page 7.)
non-veterinarian specialists decision rebuffs a year-long “This is a little piece
ostensibly forever, for reasons
22, 2008), it is blatantly clear called “floaters,” just as horses’ effort by the Board to avoid of victory in a big fight,” said
hooves are taken care of by non- answering for its conduct in Mitz. “But we’re happy to fi-
veterinarian farriers. court and to force the individu- nally have our case heard.”
als it has been persecuting into
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