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    RE: [RC] Horse/Rider History Books re: PULL CODES - Sue Brown


    Many people keep informal log books - in the form of vet cards. Many

    people include their own notes on the cards.


    Most newbee's keep their vet cards. So to some extent there is an

    informal log book system in effect.




    From our first ride on, for any of my horses, information from the ride has been logged in a 3-ring binder, along with keeping a map of the trails, ride flyer, specific ride instructions, and the horses’ vet cards...and usually 2-3 pages of hand written notes.  As the rides have gone by, we’ve tweaked what information we include (discovered info we *wish* we would’ve included the previous year when the questions we were asking did not have relative info written down.) 


    I do most of the journaling (Aarene drives the RV) which starts with the mileage reading on the RV, the time we are leaving, the weather, and so on...with special emphasis on any “problem” (horse, RV, human) we encounter during the whole weekend.  I can look back and say...”yes, this is the ride where Cabby didn’t feel like eating as much as we would’ve liked at the last out vet check and we walked the last 8 miles” (and yes, by the time we got back to ridecamp for the final vet check, he was hungry and trying to eat whatever he could find.)  We concluded (since Cabby is our “canary” for appetite) that we had been going a bit too fast on flat terrain (they’re conditioned in mountain foothills and it was easy for them to hit a pretty fast cruising speed) and that we will approach this ride a bit differently next time.  Jim, the third person who rides with us on a regular basis, also does part of the journaling so we have more than one reflection on the ride (not just my opinion or what I can remember.)  It has worked for our purposes and we are still revising what we include as we do longer or faster rides.


    I have one question regarding this notekeeping --


    Why do the vets keep the cards of a horse that gets pulled?  Are they being used for some sort of data collecting?  It’s almost as if keeping the card will make sure that the rider doesn’t continue...which is a totally ridiculous reason considering the pull code will be written on the card at the time of the pull.  I would think that the card would be of more value to the rider in trying to prepare their horse for future rides.  I know, personally, I’d like to see where the problems were, where they might have started, and use that information for the next time we do that ride.