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[RC] re: guidelines - Cindy Collins

Here's my problem, Jeannie:  The question was from a beginner in our
sport.  Here's part of your answer:    My sprints consist of running
hills, and running flat out, sometimes for a mile.  The goal is to be able
to do at least 10 mph or better.  

I have had more experiences with beginners going way too fast and thinking
that winning is the most important thing, than with other issues.
I know that you are saying after your horse is in really good shape, this
is what you do, but I don't believe this is what most beginners in our
sport need to aspire to in their first year of endurance.  Yes, to run up
front, one must do their homework.  In fact, most top riders I know would
say that it takes 2-3 years to get a horse to that point.  Even then, they
would say that only a few horses can compete at that level. The average
horse would likely have lameness issues if pushed like that their first
year in the sport.  I just want to give a beginner to our sport a
realistic "to finish is to win" goal.  Hope you understand.  Cindy


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