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[RC] Vets - GarnerT

Let's not start bagging on the vets!  I've done more LD than 50s, and my
horse has always had excellent vet care, no matter what distance I was
doing.

The only time I've heard anyone being rude to the LD riders was a ride in
northern California & it wasn't the vets.  The P & R people were being
snotty to the LD riders about their horses' P & Rs with comments such as,
"You really should know how to take your horse's pulse with a stethoscope"
etc.  They really ticked off one lady who was riding with her granddaughter.
She informed them that she had a zillion ENDURANCE miles, knew how to take a
pulse, and would they quit preaching & do their job.

I was there all day & never once heard them condescend to the 50 milers.
The LD riders were also treated to a preride lecture the night before on how
someday they might be endurance riders.

That is one ride - one time - I heard these slams against LD riders.  The
rest of the time, I have never heard or seen anything derogatory,
particularly by the vets.

I have never been through a vet check or a post ride check without a good
exam by our PS region vets!

Kathy Garner



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