ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: measuring lactate

Re: measuring lactate

Truman Prevatt (truman.prevatt@netsrq.com)
Wed, 5 Mar 1997 13:43:34 -0400

>One last thought, pulling blood at a race is potentially bad news. The
>image of a needle in the neck is not wholesome eventhough the motives
>are. If we want blood sample during rides, we ALWAYS ask the ride vets
>in advance if they are willing to pull the samples at vet checks. WE
>If the vets will assist us, we have the syringe and purple/red/grey tops
>in a closed baggie which is handed to the vet after the full vet check
>exam is complete. Again, if there's a line of horses, we pass on
>taking the sample so as to not impede other riders.

That is very good advice.

I would stongly reccomend that if you are using a syring at at ride that
you have the vet draw blood. A lot of peoples first reaction to a horse
with a needle in the neck by a rider is treatment which is grounds for
disqualification. If I were the ride manager and someone came to me with a
protest about treatment, I would have to take it very seriously.


Truman Prevatt
Sarasota, FL

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