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[RC] [Guest] Horse deaths and preventing treatments - Rides 2 Far

I'm with you Art...excet for:

least 90 minutes of hold time (3 - 30 minute holds) in a 50 mile 
ride and 3 
hours in a 100 mile ride.

PLEASE...just once during a 50 give me a long hold. It's not like they're
going to run out of daylight or anything. Let's say 45 min. to an hour at
the 1/2 way point...if not for the horse for the *rider*! :-)

I think one of the most important reasons for an early check is to
separate the horses up into appropriate traveling groups...in other
words, make the ones who are traveling with more fit horses stay back
when they don't recover with them. The sooner it happens the better.  As
for having the check at the end of a hold...I can see a big problem there
for front runners if the vets get clogged up and their out time is
looming. If you tried to give yourself "plenty" of time to make sure you
got out on time that might mean pulling your horse away from his food
sooner than was necessary, thus effectively shortening your hold time. 


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