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Re: [RC] Trivia Question - longevity - rides2far

What would some speculate is the "secret" to their success?  
Inquiring minds want to know. 

I can give you a little insight on the two out here.  There is one thing
that sticks out in my mind that I might have done right. I remember when
Kaboot tore a tendon sheath towards the end of his first full year of
competition.  I took him to the vet and he asked, "O.K. what are our
plans for this horse?" I said, "What do you mean?" He said, "When do you
*have* to have him back in action?" I said, "my only goal is for him to
last forever", and he said, "Great, let's give him 4 months off".
shriek!<  I had no idea he'd want me to rest him that long, but as it
turned out, since 4 months ran till the end of Nov. and there was nothing
else going on I gave him 6 months off. I think every time he's had an
injury that's required time off I've opted for the conservative time
frame. Dave did the same with Ben. Neither has ever done back to back
rides. They've always had time to recover between rides, with the
exception of when I tried to do 2 100's within a 3 week span and we
pulled for lameness. >duh<  I think you can do a lot with these guys if
you'll just give them time to heal. It's tough at the time, but you've
got to think long term. 

On the "how'd you start them" front, I can say for sure neither Kaboot
nor Ben did LD's, but Baskhari did because he was 4. 

Why not ask advice from folks who have had horses who lasted 10+
years...including the ones who are retired now. That should bring in more

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