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[RC] Horses and climate adjustments now altitude - Jonni

Jennifer asked: >>> am still confused... Does altitude matter or not?? I'm
from NE Missouri - where the highest hills can only be called "gently
rolling." Training for the mountains interests me greatly, but I want to
know more.<<<

Horses go to Tevis where the elevation of camp is around 7200', and the
highest point in the ride is almost 9000' from all parts of the nation each
year. In fact, I'd guess not that many actually "train" at those higher
elevations on a regular basis. I took my "flatlander" Texas horse who lives
at about an elevation of maybe 800', and a big climb might be a 100'
elevation rise to Tevis last year, and did not have any concerns of the
altitude bothering him. The rider is a different story. Humans seem to feel
the altitude difference pretty quick if it is going to bother them.
Dehydration, headaches, nausea are just a few of the signs of altitude

Just Go to the ride, do it, and have fun! Don't dwell much on a big
elevation gain. Just watch your horse, and pay attention to how well they
are doing.....like you would do on any ride! LOL

Jonni in TX (getting her flatlander ready for Tevis again)


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