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Re: [RC] Hot, humid riding - Sisu West Ranch

"...supposed to be demonstrably harder to cool them in 30 minutes at the
finish line..."

I do not claim in the slightest that it is "demonstrably harder" to cool a horse at the end of a ride (unless the first application of water is delayed by their being a mile or so between the finish and the camp like in a ride I managed in MN. I did this for the welfare of both horse and rider to make sure there was not a race down a paved road).

My point is that it is not necessary if the horse is given an hour to come down slowly, naturally etc,. while he relaxes at a pile of hay. Further, it may even PROTECT some horses because the vet will see them after late developing problems would have an adequate amount of time to show themselves. As I posted earlier, there is at least one very good experienced endurance vet in the Midwest who believes this.

Personally, I would like to see a rule that all horses be examined 2 hours after crossing the line, in addition to when pulse criteria must be met. I have no scientific proof that this would increase horse safety any more or less than the proposed 30 minute pulse criteria.

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 381-5527



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[RC] Hot, humid riding, Bruce Weary