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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.
Stacy Berger firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll start this by saying I haven't ridden endurance for the past 5 years.
My horse died in his pasture the evening after a successfyl 50 mile
competition, finish in the middle of the pack. I reported it to the vets
the next day - and I lost my interest in the sport as I mourned the loss
of my longtime partner. I am no longer an AERC member - so maybe my input
That being said - it seems that the 'standard' of Fit to Continue has
changed. There was a very public protest for a horse that was presented
at a ride with saddle sores. I saw in a post earlier from an XP rider -
"There were a few saddle sores, and some other various ailments, that you
will see at any mutedly ride." - are these acceptable to continue the
I wasn't at the XP, nor did I see any of it - but I know at most rides I
went to - a horse with an open saddle sore or other ailments would stop
(by the rider or sometimes the ride management) It seems like the riders
at the XP all chose to look the other way?
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