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[RC] pound dog mentality for horses...making me wonder - Tracey Smith

Truman is not the only one sick of this thread.  As a newbie to this sport your post just seems arrogant to me and it's as if you are saying because my mare was a rescue and not papered she is not qualified to compete alongside your "highbred" horses.
I can assure you I did not go to an auction looking for an endurance prospect and before I considered even KEEPING this mare she was fully evaluated by my vet.  Same vet has also been consulted to be sure she is sound and capable of doing what I ask.
I was hoping endurance was like CTR in that folks were accepting and friendly and helpful regardless of your horses breeding, or what kind of rig you drive...but the way this thread is going is really making me start to wonder.
Just my observation.
From: Lif Strand <lif@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC]   "pound dog" mentality for horses?


At 10:54 AM 9/5/2004, Gabi (Ra'anana Farm) wrote:
>On the other hand, it is so rare that cheap horses win it from the $
>horses, that it stands out, but does not proof they are equal?

No, it doesn't prove that they are *all* equal.  The rare exception
not prove that they are equal at all, only that the possibility is
there.  All that it shows is that there is a *chance* that somewhere,
sometime, and rarely, a cheap pound horse will win in some sport.  But
Heidi has brought up, what if that cheap pound horse was actually a
purebred QH that was better bred than the horse he beat?

As Sandy said, the source of the horse, where you got it, isn't the
point.  It's *what* you get that counts.

I know Truman is sick to death of this discussion, but I am finding
that it
is really refining our thoughts about what a successful endurance horse
is.  This "source" talk is just one aspect, of course, but it has been
very weak link in the chain of thought.  I hope we can continue it and
learn more.

    Lif Strand      fasterhorses.com