I feel that I have always been lucky that
at most of my rides here in the Mid-west the vet knows my horse. When the
vet knows the horse and has seen him many times, he/she can be much more
help. This showed up at one ride this year where another riders horse (that
has over 3000 miles) passed criteria, but was not recovering like he should
have, when judged against the way he usually recovered. The horse was held
extra time and eventually the mild gas colic was diagnosed. He recovered
with no treatment and was competing again in 2 weeks. A log book could
have served much the same function.
I have very mixed feelings about the possibility
of introducing log books, but that mdiscussion may be for another time.