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RE: RC: Thumps and thuds and grass in Egypt

AHA!!! The "G" word comes up again. Most of our horses never are in an area
that has enough grass to graze on, even in paddocks. With land at about USD
75 to 100 thou/acre, anyone who just grows an acre of grass is a canditate
for the rubber room. Our local rides often start and vet check on the
erstwhile "golf course" of the Sakkara Club...which the horses LOVE. But
when we are doing training rides or fun rides, we are usually riding on sand
and rocks. Not much grazing there. Nor water, so our horses learn to tank up
early and hold on. If we are going to do a ride that is, say, 25 km each
way...we try to arrange a rest with food and water. Food here is berseem in
winter and young corn/sorghum stalks in summer. We also keep some dried
berseem on hand. Our horses have learned to get by on much less grazing than
most of you would think possible.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt

> Really, I wonder what the horses graze on over in Egypt? Our conditions
> in Florida are very similar. Lots of palm trees and scrub, very little to
> grass. Then what? I don't know, I am just asking. Of course, most of our
> rides here in the SE have a vet check at least every 10-15 miles.Shouldn't
> horse be able to go that long without eating on the trail? I am only doing
> 50 now but plan on Tevis next year. Driving out this year to check out the
> race. They only have 3 holds, the rest are fly-bys or just a P+R check
> according to what I got off thier web page. I do think 25 miles or more
> be a little to long to go without food. ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2001 10:15 PM
> Subject: Re: RC: Thumps and thuds
> > If you ever plan on doing 100's you will need to let your horse graze on
> grass on the trail with the bit or without.
> >

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