ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: horse + Free Filly

Re: horse + Free Filly

Kathy Myers (kathy@nvolve.com)
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 10:31:22 -0800

>> Indy is only 14.2, definitely a liability in any competitive timed
>Why do you say this? Many if not most of the very successful endurance
>horses have been under 14.3 hands. Take Rio for example. I could name
>lots more.

I think the reference is to a race track... where 14.2 is a disadvantage
in stride... although not always. While a small horse with heart can
and often will out run much larger horses, they always must run more
flat out and have a higher risk of catestrophic (carreer ending)
injury. "A good big horse will beat a good little horse any day".

> [dangerous 2 yo free filly]
As for the filly, there is no horse on this planet worth injury to a
person. Period. My back and spine are fine. I plan to keep them
that way. Personally, I really would like to ride many many more miles.
There are several factors which can result in an un-rehabilitatable
horse. Spoiling a baby is a real big one. Another is teaching them
they are bigger and stronger than people. Severe abuse is another.
There are too many good horses in this world to waste time and
potentially a healthy human being on a ruined one.

The woman I bought Magnum from has been perminately disabled by a
dangerous horse (not Magnum) who was mis-represented to her. She has
not ridden in years. The horse should have only gone to a trainer
(or better yet shot) but the people who sold her the horse "Thought
she was a good enough horse person to deal with the horse". They
also neglected to tell her the horse intentionally flipped onto
people becase they were afraid she wouldn't take him. Once.
That's it. After she was injured she sold the horse to a trainer
with all the proper disclosures, but if she had had him put down
to keep from having something like that on *her* concious who out
there would blame her???

Trish is doing the right thing. Trying to avoid having a perminately
disabled person on her concious. Trying to save her health for her own
life and her own horses. If the filly is put down to avoid that one
accident it's none too soon. If the filly goes to a trainer, she better
be a damn good filly worth the trouble.

Don't take this filly on to save her unless you really know what you
are getting into.

I have found out when you have your health you have everything. Thank
goodness I still have mine.

:) - kat myers
in San Mateo (No.) Ca. with Magnum the TB ex-racer

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