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[RC] Vet hold time on an LD - Natalie Herman

Sending to various groups...
Ok, since it seems (if there are stats, let me know) there are no real statistics on this, I am holding an informal survey. This came from an arguement in the local endurance club and someone wanting "facts" about which is better. Post to the list or privately (though maybe everyone wants to see the results?). If you are a vet or RM, let me know too, and what your "professional" (vs just being a rider at a ride and "preferring for your own sake", not the ride's sake) opinion is as well as you "rider" opinion.
Q: in an LD (specifically in a 25..in 30's the time factor is not so much of an issue due to the extra 1hr 15 mins you have to finish the ride), would you like a 1/2 hr hold at the VC or a 1hr...WHY?? Also, have any of you noticed more horses at the end of an LD that has a 1/2hr vs a 1hr hold, that were pulled for metabolic or even needed treatment? (Remember to try and factor ride conditions in...of course a hot/humid/difficult terrain ride is more likely to have MB pulls than an easy ride of the same distance/hold time).
  Thanks! I will try and "summerise" the survey in a week or so after the answers all roll in :)

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