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Re: [RC] Preventing Treated Horses at Rides - Ideas Please - Sullivan

Wonderful stuff, keep the info and ideas coming. Wish we had more mentors
and experienced riders
offering suggestions as to what works for them.  This is a good thing for
ridecamp and greatly appreciated!
Karen
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Cc: <staggandcheryl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 7:38 PM
Subject: [RC] Preventing Treated Horses at Rides - Ideas Please



 Folks,

 Would like to start on a thread on ideas of how to prevent treated horses
at rides.
 IMO greatly reducing the number of treated horses is one of the most
important
 actions we can take to improve the sport. Moreover with increased
scrutiny
 from animal welfare activists and others, it is one of the most
important.
 And it is the right thing to do for the horse.

 I would suggest separating the discussion into three areas:

 1. What are the reasons we have to treat horses and the early warning
signs?
 As Dr. Jeannie Waldron frequently says, one of the problems is "we just
don't
 know enough". So what do we need to do to learn more?

 2. What are actions that we as riders and crew can take to prevent our
horses
 from needing treatment?

 3. What if any changes should ride management or ride vets consider to
 prevent horses from needing treatment?

 I will offer to compile the ideas received and then distribute to
ridecamp.
 And if warranted we can the get the ideas more widely disseminated as I
firmly
 believe rider education may be our most important tool.

 In order to get the discussion going, here is my first idea.

 WE AS RIDERS SHOULD TAKE THE HORSE'S PULSE JUST BEFORE LEAVING A HOLD
 AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.

 Rationale: I believe one of the best indicators of how a horse is doing
is
 the pulse at the end of the hold period. My belief is the pulse of the
horse that is doing well
 should continue to decline during the hold period. If at the end of the
hold period the
 pulse is down into the 40s then the horse is not likely to have metabolic
problems
 on the next loop. On the other hand if the horse's pulse is hanging at 60
or
 has gone even higher than at the vetting in, that is a red flag the
something is
 wrong. A few rides have tried exit checks at some holds and they do seem
to find
 some horses that are starting to have problems. But we as riders do not
 need to rely on ride management. We can check the horse's pulse and then
if we are
 concerned check with the veterinarians, slow our pace, and/or withdraw.

 In addition to posting on Ridecamp, please cc me directly at
 staggandcheryl@xxxxxxxxxxx since work sometimes
 interferes with my keeping up to date on Ridecamp. Have to pay for the
 horse somehow :>)

 Stagg Newman







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