>First was at Leatherwood. We're Yankees and this
was a tougher ride than we'd anticipated, especially so early in the season for
us. At the second vet check, hubby's horse wouldn't eat. He was
cleared to go on; he did not. Okay, that's easy. His pull
would be RO/M. I didn't want to go on without him, particularly if his
horse was going to colic or crash while I was out on trail. My horse was
all As on his vet card, and was happily eating hubby's refused beet pulp.
My pull categorization? RO/wussy? RO/worried about hubby's
You're right--the first pull is M, and the second pull is
truly an RO--just like a junior who pulls because sponsor got pulled, or visa
versa. Wussy and worried about someone else's horse definitely fall into
the RO category! :-)
>Second was at OCTRA Junefest in Ontario, Canada. It was
hot, hot, hot. Something like over 100 degrees with very high
humidity. We hadn't done much conditioning in the heat, but were
pre-entered and figured we'd just ride a nice, conservative pace and see how it
went. At the halfway, both horses were all As, we were somewhere just a
little south of Top Ten pace, hubby was feeling a little heat stressed. We
hadn't done much conditioning in the heat (hadn't had much hot weather til that
point); we both felt the horses had had enough. Could we eke out a
completion? Almost certainly. But was that really fair to the
horses? Nope. So we pulled. I think this could be categorized
again as RO/wussy. Or RO/worried about hubby.
Yes, heat stroke and worried about hubby both are RO's...
My one RO pull was likewise heat stroke--on my part--I felt so bad for my
horse, but there was no way they could put ME back together in time for us to go
on and complete... <sigh> Other than that, I don't mind having
the "real" pull codes on there at all, because they are the truth. I think
I've only had one metabolic pull, and it was before pull codes, but the vets
actually had me back up on my horse and sent back out, but once I got out and
thought about it, I knew I was right and came back in and pulled. And it
was darn sure metabolic, even though I made the choice.
See above. I think the pull codes fit your
scenario just fine.
>P.S. In both cases, I was chastised by some for pulling,
congratulated by others. How odd.
Yeah, there are as many opinions in a ridecamp as there are
people. This ridecamp included.