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RE: [RC] preventing problems at rides - Bob Morris

But Pat; how do we get this philosophy across to the majority of the competitors and how do we get them to really believe in it? Of course it is the basic essence of endurance competition but not practiced by most of them.
Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID
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Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 2:43 PM
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Subject: Re: [RC] preventing problems at rides

It is not my intention to argue point for point the issues you present. However, even as a rank novice, on my first ride, having owned my (first) horse for less than six months, I happily assumed full responsibility for his safety and health. I did my best to make myself knowledgeable about the sport and what I was asking of him. I had a lot I did not know and so much to learn. I am thankful for all of the advice, assistance and information so freely given by others. I was eager to learn from the vets. When on his fourth endurance ride, (through my own ignorance) my horse pulled a suspensory, I could not ask anyone to shoulder the blame. I learned a very important and valuable lesson at my horse's expense. It is my opinion that when I elect to participate in this demanding and rewarding game of endurance riding, I have to accept full responsibility to learn all that I can about every aspect of horse ownership and riding and competition. I feel it would be a cop out for me to ask anyone else to share in this. I do expect that the trail will be safely cleared and well marked. That there will be adequate water. That the vetting will be competent and fair. If I get into trouble, I will consider it a wonderful bonus that there will be assistance from RM and vets. (After all, when I am on a long and hard conditioning ride, if I were to get into trouble, I am on my own). And if (worst case scenario) my horse should get into real serious trouble of whatever nature, sometimes that is just the way the cookie crumbles. In my opinion, that is what makes this game so much fun and so different from other riding disciplines. The more I learn, the more responsibility I shoulder, the less I look around for others to blame, the better competitor (at whatever level) I will become.

Re: [RC] preventing problems at rides, superpat