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[RC] misuse of "Rider Option"? - rides2far

I've overheard recently that when a rider chooses to pull, there has 
to be a 
reason put down - either "lame" or "metabolic".  

I pulled at Biltmore last year because I had a sudden burst of "sanity".
I pulled because my horse was sound and I wanted him to stay that way.
The trail was treacherous and it was still pouring down rain. I had 40
miles behind me and 40 to go (they'd shortened it due to weather).  The
vets for USA-East had just told all their nominees to rider option out to
save those horses for a better day. I thought, "Hey, you're not the only
ones who have future plans" so I decided to stop too. When I vetted
through and told them I was pulling they wanted to know what was wrong
with him. I said, nothing and I want to keep it that way. I could tell
they looked *really* close to see if there was really something wrong.
There wasn't. I wasn't sick...I just decided to stop. To me rider option
is just that. I decided to stop. Period.


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