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have you ever felt....etc

> Dear Anonymous,
> Having never participated in CTR's, my comments will only address
> rides, which if your description is accurate, perhaps you should be
> considering. In seven years of participation, I have NEVER experienced
> anything but downright, down home friendliness and support from Ride
> Managers, Vets, P&R personnel, and fellow riders. Welllllll...... I did
> yelled at once by someone who shall remain nameless because he felt that I
> was riding too close to his horse's tail. And I probably was......being
> to the sport and all and a bit nervous and all. But that isolated incident
> required only an apology and closer attention on my part.
> I will say that if a vet pointed out that my horse appeared to have a
> lameness problem, I would hope that my response would not be a defensive
> one, regardless whether my home vet had checked my mare that morning.
> Circumstance and chance often conspire to bring on sudden, inexplicable
> cuts, contusions and various maladies that may afflict a horse and I am
> too willing to partner with a knowledgeable person, as vets more often
> not are, to determine whether my horse needs further attention.
> As for your feelings of paranoia regarding the reaction of the vet and
> manager and the fact that you did not identify yourself, I can only offer
> that what we sometimes see in others is often a mirror of ourselves.
> Pat Super
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2000 8:46 AM
> Subject: RC: Have you ever felt like this at a ride?
> > Guest Guest
> > I am posting this anonymously for reasons you will see.
> >
> > I did a ride recently and I had a very un easy feeling the whole time I
> was there.  I have been doing
> > CTRs for 3 years now and I have done rides all over the place.  I have
> meet so me super
> > people and all ride Mgrs have been the best.  I have scored well and I
> have scored not so well,
> > but each time I felt that my scores were fair and I felt that everyone
> their job (even me and my
> > horse).
> >
> > But this recent ride was like no other.  When a friend and I arrived we
> were greeted by ride Mgr
> > and we got a less then enthused greeting and the Mgr made sure she
> out what state
> > we were from, we found her greeting odd, but we just were happy to there
> and smiled and
> > greeted her nicely back and parked and set up campwhere we were
> to.
> >
> > We got ready for hands-on and trot out.  Every other ride I have done,
> lay judge and vet have
> > greeted me w/ a nice hello and smile and maybe a tad of small talk.
> was no like that, this
> > was just "lets get to work".  The vet never even looked me in the eye
> with all the people
> > going over my horse I could not even figure out which on the vet was.
> >
> > After about 15 or more minuets the vet was still commenting on my horses
> though pins (sorry
> > for the spelling of that) and I asked "is that only cosmetic" and they
> agreed with me, but she
> > still did not like them at all.
> >
> > She asked me to trot out now, and she kept me trotting for quite some
> time.  When I came back
> > she told me that my horse was lame in the right hind.  I just nicely
> informed her that he just
> > had his vet, massage and chiropractor appt the day before and he was
> and he has
> > never been lame one day in his life.
> >
> > She said I could try and trot again the next day, I thanked her and off
> went.
> >
> > The next day, we trot my horse out and she said he is still lame but
> not consistent and
> > she must allow him to go according to the rules, but she will be
> me", and it's a
> > good possibility I'd get pulled at the hold.
> >
> > I thank her once again and I went on the ride.  I only went on the ride
> because I know 100%
> > sure there is nothing wrong with my horse, if I thought he had a hang
> I would of never
> > rode him.  I did not know this vet and I did not trust her.  She just
> seemed to have it out for me
> > or my horse, she was not professional at all.  I felt like I needed to
> prove to her that she
> > was wrong.
> >
> > So, off on the ride we go.  I have my partner keeping an eye out for my
> horse and she never
> > sees anything (my friend is an RN and has proven her self over and over
> again when it
> > comes to a horse being off)
> >
> > At the hold, I am still free to go on my way, but if looks could
> kill.......
> >
> > We Finnish the ride w/ 30min to spare.  We hang out in a field for quite
> some time.  When we walk
> > back in, the horses are 100% cool and dry.  My horse has such a low
> all the time, he is
> > amazing.  My watch reads 32, but I still take my 20 minutes.  I call for
> P&R and the ride Mgr comes
> > over.  She places the scope on my horse and tells me I have a 48 - There
> is no way my horse
> > has a 48, he has never been a 48 in his life and just a second ago he
> 32.  Not to mention that
> > my horse has a deep chamber and it takes the best vet with the best ears
> to even hear his heart
> > and this person has no problem.  I felt that if I said anything, they
> would of done something bad to
> > me, shooting me came to mind, I am not kidding!  This is the feeling
> people gave me, very
> > Erie.
> >
> > I said to my partner. "I bet you they are going to blood test me"  The
> has it in for me.  Sure
> > enough, the vet blood tested me, and the smile on her face was amazing -
> she looked like
> > the cat that ate the canary.  I just welcomed her in and was very
> pleasant.
> >
> > I must say, that after all this.  I got 3rd place with a good score of
> 93points.  When I got my score
> > sheet the vet had my horse labelled as an 9 out of 11 for lames and at
> end of the day she
> > gave me a 10.  Now if my horse was a 10 on lameness, I think someone
> then the vet
> > would see this right???  I was giving her the benefit of the doubt. I
> maybe she has a very
> > keen and trained eye.  So I thought she'd have him down as a 1 and at
> end of the day a 2,
> > but to put him down as a 10 ??  This lady is whacked!
> >
> > In the mean time, I had my horse check out by my vet and he is not lame
> all.  He is 100%
> > SOUND and happy.
> >
> >
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