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[RC] cougar rock completion rate - Tx Trigger

I would think the question would be more to the effect of, how many horses
get pulled each year due to an injury caused by going over Cougar Rock. (or,
even an injury on the by-pass, which can happen, but is fairly uncommon.

Horses sustain injuries from falling on the trail every year. Most I'd say
are up in the high country, between High Camp, and Robinson Flat. Some are
minor scrapes, that never flare up, and others can flare up later in the
ride as a lameness.

Cougar Rock to many, is an important part of the challenge of the trail.
Fore many, many years, you had no choice but to go over it. That was the
trail that Wendell Robie rode, and many ride over Cougar Rock to honor him,
and the trail he laid out.  Others feel they have no need to put their
horses at an additional risk of injury if they have a better option. I
personally let my horse tell me. 2004, I was on a horse tripping a LOT. We
went around. Had their been no option, I may have lead him over it. 2005 and
2006, we went over it. Next time it is in front of me, I'll decide as I get
there.

Jonni in TX


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