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Re: RE: putting on a ride
Bob & Sandy,
At one of our rides (actually the Manzanita
that is coming up next week) I have a P & R check and a 5 minute hold five
miles from the finish. While I don't think this is always the best because
it definitely gives someone with a crew an advantage, but in this instance the
regular vet check is at 37 miles and since riders can do the next 8 mile loop
rather quickly and since they have to go by the same spot before the last flat 5
miles back to camp, I want them to reach criteria and give their horse a couple
minutes before they take off again. While I don't like a 5 mile horse
race back to camp, I prefer that to a 13 mile race back to camp.
Terry Woolley Howe
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 8:18
Subject: RC: RE: putting on a ride
have an extreme bias about vet checks with holds and thing less the 8 to 10
miles from the finish. Especially as close as 2 or 3 miles from the finish.
This just sets up a flat out race to the finish in some cases. What is your
reason for this vet check, worried about lame horses crossing the finish in
front of the public? To my mind this is a set up for trouble. But then it all
depends on the mentality of the riders.
It looks like I'm taking the big
plunge(AGAIN)...If all goes even almost as planned, I'm going to be putting
on a ride next summer..One of the land owners refuses to give permission to
come through his ranch so I've had to be REALLY creative with the
trails...I'd like some input...do you think twenty miles is too far to go
for the first vet check? (this is the fifty)...also, on the fifty,
what do you think about a vet check, with a 30 minute hold, 2 or 3 miles
from the finish??? Also---What do you think about having a required
CRI, not only during the main vet check but also right before you head back
out on the trail?? I know they did that at one of the last vet checks
in France(correct me if I'm wrong here, steph)I guess that all the questions
for now...("for now" being the operative phrase!)
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