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RE: fit to finish??

Title: RE: fit to finish??

Saddle sores – good topic.  I am guilty.  Beau did have a saddle sore after Camp Far West-
my first 50 mile completion- last year with my new saddle but I was able to
to adjust it for subsequent rides and have had no problems until he lost weight again this year.
Had to readjust it again.  At least I could do that! (You know where I’m poking at Stacy!)

Beau didn’t seem to be too bothered by it, but I’m sure it was irritating and maybe he was just numbing out.
I’m not proud of it and the white spot that was left on his grey/black hide caused a little consternation at the next ride vet in.  But I

believe that he was “Fit to Continue” at the end of that first ride.  I’m sure if it looked like
hamburger it would be a different story.

Anyone else have anything to say about this?  I know, my hand should be slapped for putting
poor Beau through 50 miles of back agony, but I truly didn’t know that it was rubbing that badly
until I took the saddle off after the finish.  I know I’m not the only one guilty of this, but it just
goes to show how many little details that you have to watch for in the welfare of an endurance horse.

And yes, I’m still learning from my mistakes and from others mistakes.  I’m guessing that saddle sores
would be a tremendous detriment to a Best Condition judging – haven’t been there yet.

And yes, your horse’s death belongs in the **** happens category – but it doesn’t hurt any less
because of it, I’m sure.  Happy trails for you, Stacy.  You deserve them.


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