M has apparently accomplished what countless explorers have failed to do over the last 500 years: discover the fountain of youth. It's USEF! Who knew!?
The mom was suspended for a few months right? I can't recall the exact timing but it wasn't more than 6 months I'm sure... right? And no the kid was not suspended, and could have ridden other people's horses, but alas, I'm sure not alot of folks want to do mom any favors right about now.
Enough is enough.
EM got all she needed-- her USEF membership intact and no formal repercussions from Humble's death.
If she feels she was wrongly accused, then I can see why she wants to fight. But there is a time to count your blessings, weigh the costs of continuing to poke at the USEF and decide what anything else from them is worth. Legal fees, panic attacks and clients who continue to follow the on-going fight? It doesn't seem worth it to me.
IMO, the USEF won't issue an apology or extend the kid's junior eligibility. It's unprecedented and also opens a can of worms for the USEF since others with anger and deep pockets will want theirs, too. And, as someone pointed out, a protracted legal battle is ultimately paid for by rank-and-file membership, so there is pressure there to have a GOB that makes quick, decisive and cheap decisions.
If EM wants to use her emotional and financial resources to improve the D&M rules, their enforcement or the protesting process, then have at it. But bit of some "Humble Initiative" needs to be separated from anything that benefits Mandarino personally in order to have credibility with anyone-- the USEF or its membership.
And to reiterate, "enough is enough." If Mandarino is unhappy with the fallout she is experiencing, she can say "Uncle," enjoy her reinstated membership, and make it all stop.
I have a question , can you purchase injectable magnisium from any other source besides a Vet? and is there any legitimate use for it
Having looked at the documents in the link, I suggest that Ms. Mandarino ask one of her 9 lawyers to read her correspondence before she hits send.
It's a new day and EM's self-imposed deadline to secure a meeting with the USEF president is now over. I wonder is she gave the "green light" to her lawyers to go after the USEF? That "green light" turns into green bucks for them. Like a winning scratch off lottery ticket. Maybe, just maybe, Tammy will rein her in.
No legitimate use in horses that I know of.
I just googled it and found several sites that were more than happy to ship it without a prescription.
It's pretty brutal, though, from what I hear, and not without risks. Based on that alone, I can't bear the thought of "routinely" giving it to show horses just to calm them down.
(I work in a high risk OB practice; I'm the data manager/statistician.)
Very few "legitimate" indications for a drug, and fewer of those outside a hospital setting.
We use injectable magnesium sulfate in the (human) hospital with some regularity to correct electrolyte imbalances. However, it is always given as an infusion over an hour or more ... The only circumstance I can think off the top of my head where it would be given IV push (the way it is apparently done for a "calming" effect in horses) would be certain instances of cardiac arrest.
I could see it possibly having a legitimate use in horses for the same purpose ... To correct electrolyte imbalances, although I honestly don't know how often it's used for that. However, if a horse is sick enough to require IV electrolyte replacement, he's definitely too sick to be competing.
Sign? Are you kidding? Pass the popcorn.
I suffer from magnesium deficiency, which affects the ability of muscles to stretch/relax. When it was first discovered my physician gave me IV magnesium (slow drip) for a severe deficiency that was impairing my ability to walk. The effect was like the hot flash from hell. Knowing the affect it had on me, I would totally freak out if anyone suggested doing the same to my horse just to 'calm' him.
I still need to take oral supplement daily - and have no problem with giving it to a horse orally who is showing signs of stiff/sore mucles. But I would also take a very close look at that horse's workload to be sure said soreness is not due to being over worked.
Frankly, I'm amazed at the number of owners and trainers with absolutely no vetinary or medical training that nonchalantly jab IV meds and suplements like Mag into their horses. The margin for error is so small and the consequences for mistakes, as shown, can be so deadly.