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Re: [RC] 'too slow can cause problems' (Jim) - Heidi Smith

Jim wrote:
"Dr. Ken Marcella has pointed out numerous times, sometimes going too slow
can cause problems."

Hi Jim,

Is this info online somewhere or can you please add info to this?  What
the problems of going too slow and what is considered too slow?  Sorry to
off on a tangent...

I don't know if this information is "on-line" anywhere--but I'd have to say
that I agree with it.  There seems to be an optimum pace for each horse, and
going TOO slow can make him bored, can have him moving at speeds that are
not comfortable to him, etc.  In addition, it increases his time between
rest points.

This optimum varies a great deal from horse to horse--some horses are indeed
challenged to simply make the time cut-off, where others cruise through
nicely in 7-8 hours, even when they are relatively green.  The ability to
judge this "comfort level" is not a matter of specific things to check--it
is a matter of the horseman knowing his horse.


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[RC] 'too slow can cause problems' (Jim), Michelle Fink