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Re: [RC] [RC] Alternative Ride/Race After-care - Tina Hicks

My routine is pretty similar to Angie's :)

Right after ride, untack, clean up horse as best I can, put on picket line
with hay, water, small amount of grain/carrots (which he won't eat because
he just wants to be left alone to rest). Leave him alone to rest.

Clean me up and consume adult beverage. Force myself to leave horse alone.
Sit in chair under awning wondering if I should be doing something else
for horse.

Horse is dozing. Drink another beverage and force myself to leave horse

Piddle around camp so I won't bother the horse, putting stuff away to make
packing and leaving on Sun easier. Eat anything that doesn't move while 
putting stuff away.

By now, horse is done dozing and is eating some hay. Dose with elec, give
more grain/carrots (I'll go through 20lbs of carrots in a weekend), walk
horse, go to ride meeting, eat and eat and eat.

Come back, groom, walk/graze again, feed small quantity of grain again,
put out plenty of hay, check water, collapse into bed.

Sun AM - feed pony, feed me, pack up camp, walk pony, take pony and me 
home :)

My unpacking schedule is very similar to Angie's :)


For those of you who are thinking, "Oh my gosh, I have to do all that?"
Here's my routine. Finish ride. Put horse back on the picket line and
give him some privacy for awhile. I try to sponge him off & clean him up

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