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Re: [RC] state fair express unofficial ride results - rides2far

Along the same lines, I once had a rider complain that I wasn't 
fully> > evaluating her horse because during the trot-out, I was done 
watching > > after> > about six strides and had turned away.

"Fit to continue" was not instituted to try and pull more horses at the
finish...it was put there to make people ride as if they had something to
lose that last leg of the ride. I really appreciate a vet who makes sure
he sees a sound step on every leg and turns away. I really have seen a
horse trot sound out from the vet, step on himself and go lame *during
the trot out*. That is not what you want to catch.  I once had a vet
watch my horse trot out after a 100, stare very intently, frowning, then
ask me to do it again because they thought they *might* have seen
something. If you didn't see it why would you try harder???? The darn
horse just did 100 miles and stood here getting chilly waiting for you to
have time to watch him trot and you're going to watch twice just to see
if it's possible to pull us?????  4 good steps and announcing "that's
good" AT THE FINISH is excellent protocol in my book.

Angie

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