> Since one of the reasons that checkpoint operators take numbers of riders
> as they go by is to ensure that nobody is cheating by shortcutting the
> trail (at least here in the US that is what the AERC recommends), this
> token system allows for the possibility of the number on the token not
> being the same as the number on the horse. Unlikely, I know, but still
> This is why number checkers should do more than just ask a rider for
> their number. They should at least make some attemp to decipher the
> number on the horse, and be sure that they are the same.
> This, of course, does not keep people from changing riders during the
> course of the ride, but at least you know that the same horse made the
> whole trip.
> Orange County, Calif.
As we don't number the horses here it is not a problem. The token
number corresponds to the rider's number. The tokens are checked off
back at base so that the organisers know where every horse is.
I have heard of people trying to shortcut but never changing horses. Is
that a problem in the US??