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It should not matter who decides to pull a horse that isn't quite right - it's a metabolic issue at the root cause. If a horse is pulled because the horse feels a little off - it's a lameness issue at the root. These pulls should be documented correctly as metabolic in the first case and lameness in the second. To do anything else will bias the statistics.
If the rider is sick and pulls, then an RO is appropriate.
Kathy Mayeda wrote:
I got an RO also, for bringing my horse back to the vet after passing the lunch vet check and he wasn’t “quite right”. I wonder if you took the RO option out of it and a metabolic would go against the horse, that people would continue under these circumstances anyway because they don’t want to have a “metabolic” pull against the horse’s record.
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From: CMKSAGEHIL@aol.com [mailto:CMKSAGEHIL@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2001 10:58 PM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RC: Pull codes
In a message dated Mon, 8 Oct 2001 12:30:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Dot Wiggins" <email@example.com> writes:
> There was no question that the horse was pulled for lameness. Was then
> surprized to see in ride results RO listed under pull code. Would this be
> because I brought the horse back after passing the vet check?
> Doesn't really matter, doesn't change much, just not quite accurate in
> reasons for non-completions.
Unfortunately, it is still a common misconception about "RO"--managers will use it because the rider made the choice to pull. The L and M codes have NOTHING to do with who made the choice--as you point out, they are supposed to be indicators of WHY the horse did not go on, not WHO made the decision. The rider option code should be used ONLY for cases when there is NOTHING wrong with the horse, and the rider chooses to pull for personal reasons--got sick, broke arm, didn't want to go on because companion got pulled, that sort of thing. My own last pull was an RO pull because I had heat stroke. Many riders do the wise thing and pull their own horses because some minor thing is brewing, but those are still classified by whatever the problem is--lame or metabolic. I DO wish we could add one more category, though--something for an injury that does not cause lameness. This category is needed for things such as tack galls, lacerations that need attention but don't cause lamenes!
s, etc. These problems don't fi
t the present categories, but do render enough pulls to have a category of their own, IMO.
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