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[RC] Hot, humid riding - Bruce Weary

Hi Ed--

You mentioned:

"This also reads on the latest push by the vet committee and Susan G. to decrease the recovery time post ride to 30 minutes............ My experience is that it can take a lot of work and lots of water to cool a hot horse at the end of a humid ride. It can be done, but I personally feel that all concerned are better off if the horse can take an hour to relax and eat instead of being aggressively cooled."

Assuming that most horses in endurance aren't doing negative splits (going faster in the last half of the ride than the first half) even when the weather is warm and humid,
they are probably going their fastest in the early or middle part of the ride. How is it these horses are being cooled and recovering in 30 minutes at the vet checks, but it's
supposed to be demonstrably harder to cool them in 30 minutes at the finish line? Even at the 60,70, or 80 mile points in a 100 miler, the horses must recover in 30 minutes, so it should
be able to be done at the end of a 50 miler, as well. If not, speed may be a factor. Which ties it to pulse rates, thus the veterinary suggestion to standardize the
recovery times.

This will open up a spirited dialogue, for sure. I don't care. I'm getting bored waiting for Tevis to get here. :) Bruce Weary


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