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[RC] avoiding pulls? - Lucy Trumbull

Although this isn't strictly part of the current thread,
most people would agree that reducing pull rates would 
be a "good thing"?

Looking through Truman's data analysis of "top pulls"
rides, I thought it might be interesting for riders who 
actually went to those rides see if they could identify 
the contributory factors as to why they thought the pull-
rate was high.

For example, I received a couple of private replies regarding
the high RO pull rate (~40%) for the Midsummer ride and it 
seems that it was the first time this ride was run, so there 
were some teething troubles, including the trail length.

Sierra Valley appears on the 100 mile list and this is a new
ride - was that the first year it was run? If so, what was
it about the trail/way the ride was run that contributed
to a higher pull rate?

The only ride on the list that I was present at, was the
American River 50 ride - although I only did the 30 in 2002
AR50 had a high lameness rate that I'm musing over. The
only anomaly I could come up with for the ride, was that
it was a very muggy day (we don't get many of those),
early in the year. A friend speculated that perhaps the
mugginess caused the horses to drink less, so generally
feel worse, and contribute towards brewing lameness? <shrug>

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
elsie AT foothill DOT net
Repotted english person in Sierra Foothills, California
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