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RE: [RC] FEI ETC - Bob Morris

I thought it was called endurancce riding because the competitors might have
to endure some out of ordinary conditions. 

I never ever heard of this new "excuse riding" before


Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Truman Prevatt
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 9:31 AM
To: Steph Teeter
Cc: Sbolinge@xxxxxxx; ride camp
Subject: Re: [RC] FEI ETC

One of the challenges of the endurance season in Florida is the weather. 
It is easier to deal with the 80 degree days we can get once awhile in 
the winter - you just clip and use water - than to deal with the weather 
in the teens we can get every once in awhile. Steph might recall the 
Osceola ride in 2000 which was sub 20 when we started off.

In the cold everything becomes a major issue. The water buckets freeze. 
The water is cold and some horses don't tend to drink as well in the 
cold. You don't have enough on the horse and they can fail to warm up 
properly and cramp. You have too much and they sweat and get cold from 
loss of heat. They need more energy to stay warm - particularly if 
clipped or if wet when it is in the 20's than in the 60's. Normally cold 
is from a front moving through which is accompanied with Northwest 
winter winds - which add to the problems.

They can cramp if you don't get the blankets on soon enough. They can 
sweat and get cold if you get them on too soon. Some horses do fine in 
cold weather - I've ridden one where it didn't matter. Some just don't 
do well in cold weather - I've been riding one for 12 years that just 
hates cold weather. On top of that none of this addresses the impact of 
the cold on the rider - all the same issues.

Personally I'd rather deal with 80 degrees than 30 degrees any day of 
the week.


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Re: [RC] FEI ETC, Truman Prevatt