Re: [RC] [RC] Pre-Ride VC Issues and a few others - Deanna German
I have an example of why Roger's words need to be heard and acted upon:
Last fall I was at a ride crewing for a 50 and 100 miler, so I had a lot of
time to watch horses trot out in the vet area as I tried to organize my
e'lytes, heart monitor and other stuff for two riders in different
Saw a brand spankin' new LD rider trot out her horse for completion. The
horse's gait went:
trot, OWW!, trot, OWW! trot, OWW! etc. etc. complete with sinking rear end
on the OWW! to clearly indicate which of the 4 was hurting. Didn't want to
weight that right hind.
The rider didn't seem to know what was up and the vet clearly struggled with
what to do, visibly squirming as she made her decision.
The vet awarded completion, but said, "don't stand for BC." Then the rider
said, "I still get my placing, right?"
Now, I'm just a random horse owner, endurance hopeful and crew, for all I
know it was a cramp or a stone bruise or something else not very serious,
but a vet is supposed to judge what they see, right? Lame is lame, isn't it?
This horse didn't look fit to continue to me. There seems to be some
reluctance to pull horses at the finish and I don't understand that.
PS - Roger, don't leave leadership of AERC!
Have the rides where strict pre-vetting both east and west - used the
SAME criteria at All the vet checks AND THE FINISH.
In plain words would a horse that was not allowed to start due to an un-even
gait or some other 'failed' criteria not based on the AERC
definition of lameness, be pulled at a VC or the finish?
A bobble or uneven gait that prevented a horse from starting should
also pull the horse at the finish.
Our lameness definition says a horse is lame and not fit to continue IF
he displays an abnormally of gait actually aberration of gait - that is
consistently observable under all circumstances that results in
pain or threatens immediate athletic performance. All can read
22.214.171.124 on page 8 of our Rules. I concur 100 percent with that
So does a bobble here a toe drag there short stride in one direction,
fall under this definition. I think not. Does it apply equally to
the start as well as the finish?
Lets try this- you watch a horse trot it goes like this on every
1 bob bob bob head move 1/2 inch but noted
2. BOB BOB BOB head moves 3 inch sure is noted
3. KABOB KABOB KABOB head move the length of the neck Well noted
ALL ARE DEAD LAME and should be eliminated.
We do not need a change in the rule just compliance.
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