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Re: [RC] Sub thread on Relaxed horses and letter grades - Barbara McCrary

We've done a lot of drag riding for our sister-in-law's NATRC rides that were held right here on our home ground. Talk about being bent out of shape...when we arrived at a VC after the last rider, I'm afraid I was always in a social mood and would be cheerfully talking, as opposed to whispering. Competitors would frown and say, "SHHHHHHHHHH" because it appeared that my voice would raise the pulse level of the horses nearby. My husband couldn't handle that and quit a long time ago. I kept on doing it for awhile, always making the same mistake and being shushed, until my horse once launched me over his head and slammed me down on the edge of the trail on a mountainside, breaking two ribs. He had taken vigorous exception to bunch of Yellowjackets in an in-ground nest when they emerged and stung him on the underside. I retired from drag riding that event because there has never been one of her rides in 35 years that someone didn't run over a Yellowjacket nest, or two or three or more.

Barbara

----- Original Message ----- From: "Sisu West Ranch" <ranch@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 8:32 AM
Subject: [RC] Sub thread on Relaxed horses and letter grades



I started on the Midwest version of CTR (officially called "competitive riding"). The complete rules are on UMECRA.com. In this sport the vets divide each grade of lameness into 20 points. That is, a horse can loose 15 points and still be less than grade 1 lame. A horse can also loose up to 20 points at the end from an evaluation of general fatigue. I learned to teach my horses (to the extent possible) to trot slowly and relaxed at the start of the ride, then there was less "change" at the end.

In relation to endurance I guess my bottom line is: If you want to get bent out of shape about the line between relaxed and tired, go do CTR. If you just want to compete, do endurance, go for the completion, glance at the vet card at the end to see if the vets noticed something you didn't, toss it, collect your T-shirt and go home*.

Ed

*There is a difference of opinion in our houshold. Wendy loves UMECRA CTR, while I only tolerated it as a shorter distance before LD came to the Midwest.

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640

ranch(at)sisuwest(dot)us


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