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Re: RC: CA horses etc.

Hi Lisa; when I got home from Tevis, my three year old filly's lower lip was very droopy, we could pull it and flap it it was so droopy. Her mother was laying flat out in the pasture like a dead animal. They didn't go to Tevis. I think it was the California dry heat, they were having Siesta's. Did you go to the haggin cup judging and the awards? Some of those horses were real peppy.  They just needed a sleep after the ride. I was lookin pretty droopy after that ride too, not to mention filthy. (Takes at least 3 showers including surgical scrub brushes to get cleaned up enough for polite society) Stopped at a couple of coffee shops, and the waitresses commented, "Gee you guys look really tired!" it was that apparent. We said, "Oh we were helping over at the Tevis" They nodded knowingly. Asked if the horses were in yet.   Yeah that camping out in the parking lot is grim . I can tell you that one rig that I saw out there, had several horses tied to it. They had been pulled rather early in the ride, so they didn't go 100 miles. They didn't seem to have a lot of foresight (I'll be diplomatic) in their choices of where to park their horses during the weekend. Never saw the people around them either.  But most of the horses in the barns were frequently checked at intervals by riders, crew, vets, and given plenty of food of many variety's, lots of water, and we put three bales of shavings down for the horse we were looking after. We pretty much left him to rest though, 'cause who doesn't want to unwind and rest after working such a long shift.   Hope you get to come out again, that part of the country really grows on you, it is very very beautiful.   Beth

>From: "jsalas"
>To: "ridecamp" ,
>Subject: RC: CA horses etc.
>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 08:54:07 -0400
>Kimberly, it is so funny that you mention the huge seagulls. After the ride we drove down to Pismo Beach. My kids couldn't get over the size of the seagulls. They were as big as our pelicans!! Then we drove to Arroyo Grande and visited Desperado V at the Varian Arabians. The staff there are so friendly. Allison and Even couldn't get over seeing our boy's "dad". Now, Sheila has some beautiful and functional horses. Back to the Sunday after Tevis, the horses in the stalls not only drooped their lips, but their eyelids, ears and anything else that would hang. I know a lot of horses droop their lips, I have one also. But there was a big difference in this "dead droop". The only other time I saw a horse that tired was after a 3 day trail clinic with Chris Cox. One guy brought a very young 2 year old Paso Fino. We rode for about 4 hours the 1st day. After the second day and another 4 hour ride, that poor horse laid down in his stall and groaned every time he had to move. He was sore!! This little horses was maybe 14 hands and the rider was a man about 6'4", although very lean. Believe me everyone, you have not seen tired horses until you walk the barns after the Tevis. They don't move, they don't blink and they barely breath. Go out and run about 75 miles in the hills and you will know exactly how they feel. The stall floors left a lot to be desired as well. Very hard, with huge rocks. People put shavings and straw in the stalls, but after a ride like that, the horses need quilt top mattresses. That is another thing to consider about this ride. Is my horse really up for this and do I really want to put him through it? Some people had thier horses in the parking lot. No place to lay down. The kids and I walked the last mile or so of the trail just before dark. It looked tough in the daylight and I believe it was an easier part of the trail. Yeah, as tough as it all sounds, I wanna try! God Bless all the horses who gave it thier best shot. What they do for us, huh? Lisa Salas, The Odd fArm we b odd

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