ArticleRobson Forensic Animal Scientist, J. Tim Potter, Ph.D. was a contributing author on the book, Start with Safety: Horse Safety Guideline. Dr. Potter provides expert witness services toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving all areas of equine science.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
“Horses, mules and ponies are 5 to 15 times larger, 20 to 40 times more powerful, and 3 to 4 times faster than a human.
Parents and youth alike should realize that there are risks associated with equine activities. They should also clearly understand that preventative measures should be taken to reduce risks. Safety education, selection of a horse that matches the capability of the rider, use of protective equipment, adequate instruction, and appropriate supervision based on the skill level of the rider are vital to prevention of injuries.
It is important to understand there are risks associated with equine use and injuries may be severe. However, several studies show that horseback riding is safer than many everyday activities when protective measures are used. Steps can be taken to minimize risks and help make equine activities safe and enjoyable for all participants.”
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EQUINE & ANIMAL SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS
Robson Forensic provides specialized forensic experts to investigate a variety of issues involving animals, animal facilities, and their interactions with people. Our experts approach this casework from the perspectives of trainers, facilities owners, nutritional specialists, and more. Contact animal scientist, Dr. Tim Potter to discuss your case and how Robson Forensic can assist.
Animal Scientist & Horse Expert
Dr. Potter is an Equine Scientist with experience in both the academic and corporate sectors. He provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving areas of equine science, including nutrition, reproduction, behavior and training, safety issues, facility design and construction. Nutrition work includes feed formulation and production issues, on-farm feeding management, and analyses of interactions between formulated feeds and use of supplementation in the total diet. Reproduction work includes evaluation of nutritional status and reproductive efficiency, manipulation of the estrous cycle and effects of stress and/or environmental factors associated with reproductive status. Behavior and training work includes behavioral factors associated with training, and evaluation of potential abuse issues associated in the training process. Safety work includes evaluation of factors and scenarios that are related to safety, including lesson barns, safety issues at horse shows and at private facilities, and determining on-site person(s) of knowledge.