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Re: [RC] lowered age limit - Barbara McCrary

VERY obvious!
 
Barbara
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 12:02 AM
Subject: lowered age limit

lowering the age limit has everything to do with economics for breeders & owners, and nothing with protecting the horse
 
obvious - no?
 
Pauline
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From: "Barbara McCrary" <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC]   USEF, Tom Johnson & damaging speculation.


I agree with this issue of horse's age wholeheartedly.  I have brought along
numerous horses over the years from 4 year olds to a strong working
endurance horse.  In my experience, a horse is ready to start a few LDs when
he is 5, then a few slow 50s when he is 6, then more 50s and maybe a 75 when
he's 7, a greater workload when he's 8, and finally, at age 9, I think he's
ready for 100s.  I'm not just talking about conditioning, either, but about
the horse's maturity, both physically and mentally.  To me, when a horse has
reached 9, he's ready to be considered mature.  If I would make any
amendments to the above, I would say a horse might try a slow or easy 100 at
age 8, but it wouldn't bother me any to see him a full 9 years old before
trying 100s.  Yes, I know that Rio won Tevis as a 7 year old, and that he
was still in great condition and soundness at 22 or 23, but there aren't
very many Rios in the world.  The horse was a real "freak of nature", very
much as the legendary Justin Morgan was one.
JMO, and not a very humble one, either.

Barbara

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynne Glazer" <anyone@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ridecamp Correspondence Correspondence" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:31 PM
Subject: [RC] USEF, Tom Johnson & damaging speculation.

>> Re horse age:  I am concerned to see a 7 year old horse on the  team.  7
>> years old!  Doing 10 hour 100s!  I know the rider is very  experienced,
>> but dang--that horse isn't done growing yet.  I am not  a fan of rules
>> except to protect the horse--and wish we had a  minimum age for
>> international competition, especially since we know  these are fast
>> courses.
>>
>> Lynne

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