Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

[RC] Newbie with a Concern - Janeene


I just attended my first endurance ride this weekend (the Texas Tango), and I had a great time as a volunteer.  The ride was well-organized, people were extremely helpful and friendly, and it was just an overall great experience and it definitely motivated me to get more involved (I'm planning to do a 25 at next month's Armadillo).  Here's my concern:  the number of what I consider "skinny" horses I saw at this ride.  Now, I know that human marathon runners are lean and sometimes downright skinny, but, if I had seen some of these horses in someone's pasture, I would have called a rescue to report neglect.  To be fair, the top riders and their horses were not guilty of this; for the most part, their horses looked lean, but in good flesh and well-conditioned.  The first-time riders seemed to all have horses in good weight.  There were, however, a very large number of horses that just looked downright underweight (ribby with toplines prominent and hipbones protruding).  What is up with this?&nbs p; Is it due to overconditioning?  Underfeeding?  Stress?  I really am getting hooked with this sport, but I want to do right by my horses.  I would love to hear some feedback from you guys....

Thanks in advance!

Janeene in Central Texas