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[RC] Re:Australian Stock Horse - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Bruce Weary, D.C. bweary@xxxxxxxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hello Dawn--
I have read a little bit about the australian stock horse, and they do sound 
sturdy. I would be very concerned about encouraging this young man, whom you 
said was a newbie to endurance, to get his 150 qualifying miles and then show 
up for Tevis. IMHO that could be a recipe for disaster. A horse needs time for 
his harder tissues to adapt to progressive training befor safely attempting a 
ride as challenging as Tevis. The rider himself needs some experience with the 
exertion of such a ride, including sleep deprivation, heat, night riding, 
dehydration, etc.,.  I have been to Tevis four times, and though my wife sports 
a buckle, I still hold my pants up with suspenders. Oh well, maybe next year...
  Bruce Weary, D.C.  AERC # 4160

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