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Re: RC: Fwd: RC: Pony Power, Little Big Horses? -- SAY WHAT?
In a message dated 5/26/99 8:05:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Leigh331@aol.com
<< My pony, a 13.0H Welsh stallion did his first ride at Leatherwood Mountain
Challenge in April '99. He placed 7th in the 25 miler at 4.5 years old. >>
OK, here we go. I have a problem with a horse/pony (whatever) top tenning a
25 miler on his first outing. What were you thinking? Sorry, this is coming
out kind of harsh, but this is no way to build a distance horse/pony
(whatever). Having observed consistently the way 25 milers ride their
horses/ponies (read whatever) when they're "going for it"... they should be
riding motorcycles. At the Coso Junction ride this year I saw a 25 mile
horse who had top tenned literally fall over at the trailer. I have seen
numerous 25 milers riding totally out of control and hell-bent-for-leather,
damn the horse. I know (before you all flame me) that this isn't the
attitude of ALL 25 milers. However, I definitely would not be bragging about
a horse/pony (whatever) top tenning a 25, ESPECIALLY at 4.5 years old!!!!
This is horse abuse, plain and simple. Leigh, I know that you are an
experienced endurance person, I would love to hear the rationale for this
type of "conditioning". Not to get the LD thread going again, but I couldn't
stay quiet on this one!
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