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Re: [RC] Ride 'em like you stole 'em! - by Maggie Mieske - Merri Melde

I am quite sure it is from ignorance - they see crews doing this at other rides in the Middle East and they copy it. Nobody is there to tell them better. Not everybody who is hired to work a job - in Qatar I'm guessing it's probably lots of Indians and Pakistanis, like it is in the UAE, in this instance a job around horses, have any awareness of horses - when too hot is too hot, or too cold is too cold, overfed, underfed, sick, etc.

Maggie's mission is to educate some of these crews, and in fact Maggie and her husband are giving a clinic before the next ride, and they've been asked to manage a crew for one of the stables there. WOuldn't it be cool if they could teach more people who want to learn how better to take care of horses?

And PS, this behavior - incorrect and/or detrimental handling of endurance horses - is not exclusive to international racing. I've seen some pretty stupid behavior from AERC members who should know better - and they do the ignorant thing again and again and again, and the horses suffer - much more than from a bucket of ice water being dumped over them, even when knowledgeable endurance people try to edumicate them.

On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 9:49 AM, <carolyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm just a know nothing, endurance rider who does this for fun, and sometimes being able to prove to my other riding friends that I'm nuts, but remind me again why riders or the AERC would support international endurance riding.

Football players drop buckets of Gatorade with ice on their coaches as a prank, with shock value from the ice.? Why is this even allowed?

Carolyn Burgess
Newton, TX
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Subject: [RC] Ride 'em like you stole 'em! - by Maggie Mieske
From: Merri Melde <merritraveler@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, November 10, 2009 5:33 pm
To: ridecamp <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Ride 'em like you stole 'em! - by Maggie Mieske