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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
San Diego
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Morris
To: Sandy Bolinger ; ride
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 8:18 AM
Subject: RC: RE: putting on a ride

I 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.
Bob Morris
-----Original Message-----
From: Sandy Bolinger []
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 6:45 AM
To: ride
Subject: RC: putting on a ride

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 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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