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Re: [RC] [RC] Learning from Riding Accidents - Tiffany D'Virgilio

on 4/5/04 2:52 PM, heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx at heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

You can pretty
well control your finish wrecks by HOW you finish, but no matter what
distance you ride, you can't avoid starting!

You can avoid much of it by starting 15 minutes after the pack. That is
something I will continue to do. Much easier on me and the horse, and
neither one of us gets upset. I manage (actually she does-I deserve none of
the credit) to pick off horses all day and finish in the middle or better.

It just works for us. She doesn't lose her mind watching the start, and can
focus on me. Then as we come up on horses she gets more purposeful and just
picks them off. I think she kind of likes being a stalker. Just like in
horse racing, let the speed horses burn out and watch the strong ones come
on as the race goes along.


There are 2 ways to win at this sport. You take a horse and race him for a
short time and then find a new horse or you can take one horse , do the
homework and spend many miles and years enjoying that horse.
~  Paddi Sprecher

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RE: [RC] [RC] Learning from Riding Accidents, heidi