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

   A good example of this was the Big South Fork ride this year...   The
vets told everyone after the first days ride " Make good time in the morning
and get the ride over with, the horses we are seeing problems with are the
ones that are out there in the heat of the day!"    Three of our friends
rode drag, and I felt much worse for their horses (and mule) being out there
all day than ours that were back in camp by about 2:00.

Linda

Best I understand it is that a "comfortable" pace for you and
your horse, which you determine by training and experience is better for
you and your horse, than to be OVERLY cautious at rides. Everything in
moderation. However, I don't think there's any danger of horses DYING
from going too slow! <grin>

Sorry I can't give you more info. I've never been accused of going too
slow! :)

Regards, Jim

Couldn't a horse that just plain refuses to drink on the trail, either out
of streams or
troughs (waits until back in camp), be more at risk for being kept longer
out on a ride on a
hot day?  I know, not a good candidate anyway......Also.....if you have a
ride that is very cool in the moring (fog, perhaps), but that then burns
off
and day gets very, very hot, lets throw in some steep climbs in the sun.
Might it not be better
for the horse to "make some time" and not dawdle in the morning, and not
drag things out all day?
Karen


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