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Re: The Horse magazine/my rant
Ok, I read the article last night. I have to comment on one description.
"After the race, this horse had thumps. He stood with his front legs splayed
out, head down, breathing rapidly and shallowly." That's odd. That is
exactly how I look after running a foot race. I wonder if I have thumps?
Lisa Salas, The odd FArm
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rides 2 Far" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2001 2:33 PM
Subject: The Horse magazine/my rant
> > This month's issue of The Horse magazine has some wonderful
> articles,dehydration and thumps
> WARNING: You struck a chord, and this is a rant.
> I disagree on the thumps article. It sounded like a 17 year old's
> research paper where they're regurgitating a lot of info that they don't
> understand either. If I'd never heard of thumps, I still wouldn't have a
> clue...it was full of technical info, but not much useful on the
> homefront. I was tempted to write a letter to the editor. I was
> offended that they used examples of horses run into the ground during
> endurance events years ago, described a mare "standing with her head down
> and legs splayed out" if I didn't do endurance I would have gotten an
> awful impression of the sport. Their other example was of a rider who'd
> been released from the last checkpoint "only if he'd promise to walk" and
> he'd gone back to galloping as soon as he was out of sight. They did
> point out that they'd learned to add more checks, etc., they even...get
> this...decided not to let horses younger than 5 compete in a 50 the next
> One problem was that they kept describing it as if every horse that had
> thumps had been run to exhaustion. Every case I've seen was caught when
> the horse looked darned good. (and I've seen more cases than their vet
> had) They described the diaphram "slamming" up against the lungs the
> mental image was of something traumatic. You'd have pictured a horse in
> seizures! Even the cover said, "Thumps is an obvious symptom" Hey, it's
> not that obvious...you have to sort of stare at that flank but you'd have
> never known it reading his description. I could go on and on.
> The vet they interviewed said he'd only seen 3 cases in his life, all
> endurance horses, (Duh! How many pleasure horses do they see *while*
> they're being ridden hard?)
> "and fortunately all three of them recovered" Horses die of thumps?
> Isn't that like saying, my car quit running because the light on the dash
> came on?
> It said, "The condition when it does occur normally appears in a horse
> that has not been properly conditioned for an endurance race or one which
> has refused to ingest sufficient quantities of water during the
> competition on a hot day" My experience has been that it's more likely a
> problem adjusting that horse's calcium intake. Some really good
> endurance horses are chronic thumpers until their owners come up with
> their own custom mixture. No change in training.
> They said, "The thumping horse breaths in time with its heartbeat" LOTS
> of horses do that unless at total rest. How many newbies are going to
> panic when their blowing horse is breathing along with his heartbeat now?
> They spent time pointing out that endurance horses burn a different fuel
> than say, Thoroughbred racers, but when they talked about replinishing
> electrolytes they never pointed out that TBs get acidic and endurance
> horses get alkaline...that's important! They don't need the same
> electrolytes replinished and they use the term "electrolytes" referring
> to what both need. Who would know not to use the ones that are in every
> catalog for the type thumps which they went into such detail to describe
> at an endurance event? Wouldn't that be like trying to put out a fire
> with gasoline? The only case of thumps I've ever been pulled for was
> when I gave the non-endurance electrolytes. I've often wondered if he'd
> have gotten thumps if he'd had no electrolytes at all that day. (Thank
> goodness he lived through it...actually grazed through it while dragging
> me around neighing at other horses leaving the vet check)
> So what was their suggestion?
> "Nutritional fitness means that the horse is ingesting the appropriate
> amounts of energy in its diet and, if it is to be competing in something
> like an endurance race, that it is receiving additional electrolytes.
> This might involve supplementing them in the horse's drinking water"
> Puleeeeeezzzz! Did this guy uses a 1970 Encyclopedia for his research?
> I got Equus Magazine for the first 20 years or so, read every one cover
> to cover, then a friend started subscribing me to the Horse as a
> Christmas gift. Said she liked it better. I have yet to make it through
> an article that really taught me anything. I'm resubscribing to Equus.
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