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RE: [RC] [RC] Differences between a Duck ride and other rides? - Ranelle Rubin

First, how may rides have you done? While I don't feel the Duck rides are necessarily for only experienced endurance riders, I do feel Dave expects you to be less dependent on him and the vets.

His rides are a true treat...I would do them all if I could afford it. Feel free to email me privately if you want any specific answers..I'll do my best to help you.

Ranelle Rubin, Business Consultant
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From: "David LeBlanc" <dleblanc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   Differences between a Duck ride and other rides?
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 19:25:14 -0700

I was considering going to the Death Valley ride, and wrote to ask about
some things I had a question about. Karen replied, and oddly enough,
discouraged me from coming. I've never had a RM do this before, and it was
apparently because she thought I required something these rides won't
provide. I'm not really sure just what this might be - there's lots of
things I like, but most of them aren't required - and asked about it, but
haven't seen a reply just yet.

I went to the web site, and found this -

"I hope that ride managers, offering rides with more structure and amenities
will continue to prosper and conduct even more rides, so that everyone will
have an opportunity to seek a venue they wish to play in. Our rides are not
for everyone, nor are they meant to be. They operate under the direction of
our family, whose style and opinions are well known. Distance riding is a
many faceted sport, and the variety of venues shows strength, not a
weakness. We welcome you to give our corner of the sport a try."

I've been to rides where there were lots of nice amenities - showers, dinner
every night, running water, and so on, but none of these are requirements.
All I really require is a reasonably well marked trail, and water for the
horses along the way. Basically, if I know what to expect, I can generally
manage. Many of the rides I go to don't have much to anything I'd consider
an amenity - just a place to park, horse water in camp, a good trail to
ride, and vets. As I've stated here before, I strongly prefer a treatment
vet be present - I rarely need one, but the rides where no one has needed
one have been the exception.

Since Karen's apparently too busy to reply, I'm sure plenty of you have been
to Duck rides, and can hopefully explain just what the difference is. I've
read the bit about how you're expected to take care of your own horse, and
that's something I agree with - so what else is there? Some of these rides
are in some pretty cool places, and now that I'm starting to get some
vacation accumulated, travelling out of the NW may well be an option next


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[RC] Differences between a Duck ride and other rides?, David LeBlanc