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RE: [RC] [AERCMembersForum] Other thoughts to protect horses - Jim Holland

Hmmmm....in the words of Pogo Possum; "We have seen the enemy and he are
US!" 

Jim, Sun of Dimanche+, and Mahada Magic

Richard T. "Jim" Holland
Three Creeks Farm
175 Hells Hollow Drive
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513
(706) 258-2830
www.threecreeksarabians.com
Callsign KI4BEN

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Subject: Re: [RC] [AERCMembersForum] Other thoughts to protect horses

I submit, that it is more likely that we will improve final vet 
procedures by requiring a 10 min CRI for all horses not just the top 
ten.  

10 minutes from what? 10 minutes from their finish time? Last time I 
noticed the winners had a 15 min. CRI and the vets I know find 
working that in irritating to deal with. It's a real problem refusing 
to do a BC score on the horse that doesn't show up right in time for 
the 15 min CRI since it HAS to be at 15 min. This is often while MANY 
horses are trying to vet through to continue the ride and vets are 
having to have the winners break line to make sure they do the CRI 
right on time. If it's a completion frequirement, are you going to 
pull the ones who show up 12 min. after their completion? Do they 
have to break in front of those who are headed back out?

What about the mile away finish line? It is HOT more often than not 
at the finish of Big South Fork. I'll have to trot fast one mile from 
the finish to the vet check. The water has to be brought from a 
campground down the road so it's hauled in the night before. There's 
no shade so your water has been heating in the sun all day. You want 
me to hurry my horse the mile from the finish line, stand out in the 
sun, cool him with hot water (which doesn't evaporate around here 
folks), stop before he makes criteria (actually, I doubt I'll make it 
in from the finish line by then but whatever) and get in line for a 
10 min. CRI, get back out apply more hot water and have him down for 
my 30 min. (which is actually closer to 5 min. recovery time since I 
had a mile to go and had to stop for the CRI)for a friggin middle of 
the pack completion? This is 
sounding less fun all the time. Is ANYBODY thinking this stuff 
through before they propose it?

Vets ALWAYS have the option of a CRI and from what I see they use it 
when they have any uneasiness at all about a horse's condition. Why 
are we seeing how many unnecessary requirements we can throw at the 
vets at a time when they're already short handed due to judging BC as 
the bulk of the riders come in for completions?

You know exactly which riders you're hoping this will catch. Why 
don't you just tell the vets to declare their horses unfit to 
continue regardless of pulse (that isn't the only criteria you know) 
pull their sorry hides, and let everyone else finish the darned ride, 
vet through and go to our trailers without hassle?

Angie


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