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Pardon my prejudices.....I'm in therapy, but not cured!
Back to my DVE post: I did not mean to imply that LD riders are the only
pains in the rear! That can be shared by many. It might be true that more
LD riders are novice riders and therefore take a little higher level of
maintenance than most experienced multiday or 100 mile riders??? LD is not,
thank goodness, yet a stand-alone event. It is an event added on to an
endurance ride. Many, ride managers, though not all, have told me that the
only reason they put on LD rides is because they are so profitable. That
said, LDs are still an additional responsibility, and, especially on a
multiday ride or a big point-to-point 100 miler, a huge burden. Why?...
Most multiday rides only have one vet check and most of us like it that
way...it's simple and requires/demands very good horsemanship. On many
100s, Tevis and the Big Horn, as examples, there is not a vet check for 25
miles or more.....it's remote, inaccessible by vehicle in many places and
there isn't much room for rigs at the first vet check or for adding in
another vet check. Also, philosophically, most multiday rides and the
premiere 100s are not for novices. Mistakes can kill you, not to mention
your horse. I share this because I wanted to explain my statements further
for the people who emailed me directly, and those who wondered, why I felt
the way I did. Thanks for listening. Cindy Collins
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