Check it Out!
Re: More Dead Horses
Title: More Dead Horses
Angie, Heidi, and Maryben (and there have been others):
Your posts on this subject have been so sane
and sensible; I just want to thank you all for speaking out for the rest of us
who agree with you but haven't said anything. I've e-mailed a couple of
you privately but I just can't keep quiet "publicly" any longer.
One of the things I love most about this
sport is how it teaches humility, if you stay in it long enough. When I
first started, I thought--since I was such a great rider, loved my horse so
much, and knew so much--that my horse would never suffer at a
ride. I assumed that if a horse died or had to be treated at a ride,
it was because the horse's rider was either uncaring, ignorant, or
Well, I sure know better than that now, and I
learned it the "hard way. " In fact, over the years what this
sport has taught me is how stupid and ignorant I am. There are
just too many possible causes out there for a horse to get in trouble on a ride,
to be able to say "it will never happen to my horse."
As for "uncaring," I've also learned that,
for just about every endurance rider I know,
noone could punish them as much as they punish themselves if their
horse gets in trouble.
The very few horse deaths I have seen at
rides were not, that I have ever been aware of, from overridden
horses. (But the riders I have known in that situation suffered agonizing guilt
nonetheless.) Even where the cause of death was not determined, based on
the horse and rider history, and the way in which the race was handled, it was
clear the death was not due to the horse being overridden.
I do not believe, from what I have seen,
that there are endurance riders out there who are intentionally or maliciously
overriding or otherwise knowingly hurting their horses. While
riders, like their athletic horses, may get "carried away" in the moment of
competition, the vast majority are really trying hard to take good care of their
horses and learn from their mistakes.
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