Sunday, February 03, 2008

Endurance horse health focus of US convention

February 4, 2008
by Troy Smith

Leading experts in equine health care and endurance-related fields will make presentations at this year's American Endurance Ride Conference convention, in Nevada later this month.

The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) is the national governing body for endurance riding in the United States. The 2008 annual convention takes place over two days in Reno, from February 29 to March 1.

The convention's theme is "Riding With Education". Other highlights include a trade show, and regional and national award prize-giving.

"Endurance riders emphasize the health and well-being of their horses. That is necessary for both beginning endurance riders and national champions in the sport," said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. Friday's seminar speakers include Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, who will discuss practical uses for recent research; Dane Frazier, DVM, will give his seminar on "There Be Dragons in Those Hills," on being your horse's advocate and protector during competitions; and Rob Keene, DVM, who will discuss new concepts for pain management in the equine athlete. AERC's Education Committee will present "Moving on Up" for riders who would like to move up to longer distances.

Rallie McAllister, MD, will kick off the Saturday sessions with her "Riding for Life: A Guide to Lifetime Health and Fitness," which is based on her Riding for Life book. Dr. Frazier's Saturday session will be on avoiding mistakes at rides; Dr. Garlinghouse will discuss the 10 things riders can do better. An "ask the experts" panel will follow, with an open Q&A session with some of the top endurance riders from around the country.

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