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RE: [RC] state fair express unofficial ride results - Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM

I am continuously baffled why riders continue to be upset over getting a B
on anything consistently throughout a ride, even more so when the same vet
has just okayed you for a COMPLETION, as in Fit To Continue.  Be upset about
an A at vet-in, then a B at VC 1, then a C at VC 2, then a Pull plus or
minus treatment.  The riders in my area know that I rarely give an A for
anything if the horse looks like it's left the barn---so what?  I very often
grade a horse as a B if for whatever reason, they are less than up and
dancing on their toes---as long as the score does not deteriorate throughout
the day, it only means to the vet(s) to take a close look to make sure you
are differentiating between a naturally relaxed moving (or bored) horse
versus a fatigued horse.  

I am increasing of the opinion that a vet card should consist of an "Okay"
or a "Not Okay".

Sorry, JMO, but this is right up there with the rider that I had awarded BC
to, and then looked at the judging card and wanted to argue with the vet
scores---while holding the BC award in the other hand.

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of sherman
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 1:57 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] state fair express unofficial ride results 

A little more personal perspective...

My daughter has an awesome little mare with a huge ground covering
stride, so she looks like she's moving slowly. Her head stays low and
out on the trail it even bobs back and forth as she glides along. Shadow
totally relaxes, pulses down immediately, and takes care of herself
well. Unfortunately, she rarely gets better than a B for gait and
attitude because of this. Personally, I think a horse with a calm
attitude and relaxed, efficient way of moving is a big plus in
endurance. Too bad it can't be differentiated between a fatigued horse
and rewarded rather than marked down. 

Kathy 


Keith wrote:

They did need?more vets as I think about 70 horses started the two
events. From a personal perspective, it would be nice to have the all
the vets have an idea?that not all the horses would actually "trot" for
the trot out. I ended up getting a "B" at the final vet check due to the
fact that the vet said she could not recognize what my horse was doing
on the trot out. One of the other vets tried explaining it to her but
she still gave me a B and a B on horses attitude because he wouldnt
trot. O well.
?? It was a very fun ride/race and my wife and I will go back again.?
?
Keith and Sandy Kibler
Shawnee Sunrise Farm
Gaited Endurance??



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